Tiger Tiger burning bright

The US Open being on the west coast of the US is a good thing when it comes to watching it in Australia. Usually for tournaments like the Masters, the final holes are being played as people wake up, but for the Open at Torrey Pines, the coverage sees the final group of the day reaching the 18th at about midday.

Today saw some great action, with Tiger Woods as always providing highlight moments. This time, it’s despite a left knee that’s clearly giving him problems, with him grimacing after ripping one of his trademark long drives. There were 3 turning points, which when combined, transform into a day where even though he started his round very flatly, he brought it back in a most memorable manner, with:

  • A massive 20m putt holed for eagle on the 13th
  • A chip in for birdie on the 17th (the ball bounced once, hit the flagstick and seemed to instantaneously drop into the cup), after which his facial expression was a mix of disbelief and shame in that he shouldn’t have been so fortuitous
  • A 8-9m putt for eagle on the 18th, after which he simply stood, hint of a smile on his face, pumping his fist.

The commentators from NBC’s live feed said that is this was a regular PGA tournament, Tiger would probably call it quits because his knee was feeling increasingly painful throughout the day. But this is a major championship, of course, and with a 1 shot lead over Lee Westwood, you’d be hard pressed to bet against Tiger making it 14, bung knee or not.

Geoff Ogilvy is 4 off the lead at +1, holding the hopes of Aussies who are following the tournament. Stuart Appleby sadly has fallen off the radar, his overnight lead evaporating with him finishing the day at +5 after starting in the lead at –3.

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