He’s no longer the feared golfer he once was, but at the age of 38 Tiger Woods still has a lot of golf left him. Just ask anyone paying attention at Doral.
Back issues caused him to withdraw last week from the Honda Classic, and they were a concern headed in the Cadillac Championship at Doral this week. They did cause him to alter his preparation for the tournament (he only walked the course prior to round one; no practice round), and they have caused him pain during each of the three rounds that have been played.
In spite of them he is poised to contend for the lead heading in to the final round Sunday after shooting a tournament best 66 on Saturday.
“I played well,” Woods said. “I got off to a good start. I held it together and made some putts.”
If there is a course he should do fine on without practicing it would be Doral. Tiger has won seven times on the course, and to hel ease the discomfort in his back the rest was deemed more important. However, course owner Donald Trump renovated the course recently changing a few of the holes along the way.
That could account for his opening round 76, but than during round two he had a 73. After round three’s 66 he is one under for the tournament and three off the lead.
For vintage Tiger overcoming a three stroke deficit would be nothing. The only question is whether vintage Tiger shows on Sunday or if it will be the inconsistent Tiger fans have seen way too much of in recent years.
If he can make some putts similar to this 91’7″ one he made during play Friday the rest of the leader board may want to watch out!