Tiger bounces back in big way at Zozo Championship

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The excellent news? Tiger Woods shot 6-under-par 66 in Friday’s 2d spherical of the Zozo Championship at Sherwood.

The unhealthy information? He didn’t achieve any flooring at the leaders and is 12 strokes at the back of pace-setting Justin Thomas via 36 holes.

The most productive information? He’s feeling a complete lot higher than he did all over Thursday’s first spherical and miles higher than he felt when he ignored the minimize within the U.S. Open 4 weeks in the past in his most up-to-date get started forward of the Zozo.

An afternoon after posting his worst rating in 49 rounds at Sherwood – the place he’s gained 5 occasions and been runner-up 5 occasions – Woods, the protecting champion, used to be 10 strokes to the simpler. His 66 matched his lowest general for 2020.

“That’s simply the character of my again. I want it might be excellent always,” Woods stated when requested why he’s feeling higher than he did on the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in New York. “I’ve moments the place it’s no longer somewhat as elastic as I’d find it irresistible to be and sadly the U.S. Open didn’t assist with the lengthy tough, and I didn’t force it within the fairway sufficient occasions and put numerous tension on it and shot prime numbers. However I’m shifting much better. Having 4 weeks off used to be excellent, coaching periods were excellent, so the entirety’s more or less became round.”

Together with Friday’s 2d spherical.

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“I feel the entire I hit the ball such a lot higher,” Woods stated. “The previous day used to be no longer that sharp and these days used to be much more sharp and much more crisp and blank. I felt like I in reality didn’t swing the membership that poorly (Thursday). I used to be only a fraction off and I were given out of place a pair occasions. And I didn’t pay the par-5s smartly and it simply snowballed right into a prime quantity. Was once by no means in reality in a position to get any more or less momentum going as a result of I performed the par-5s so poorly. As of late used to be other. Were given off to a a lot better get started and saved rolling.”

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Tiger Woods performs a shot from a bunker at the 8th hollow all over the second one spherical of the Zozo Championship @ Sherwood on October 23, 2020 in Thousand Oaks, California. Picture by way of Ezra Shaw/Getty Photographs

Within the first spherical, Woods made a bogey or worse on 3 par-5s for the primary time in his profession. In the second one spherical, he birdied 4 of the par-5s. He added 4 extra birdies to assist offset two bogeys.

Woods is tied for 66th and his probabilities to effectively protect his name and win his report 83rd PGA Excursion name are faraway. However Woods will grind, get two extra rounds in forward of the Masters, the place he’ll protect his 2019 name, and he’ll proceed to paintings on shaping pictures the way in which he desires to when he will get to Augusta Nationwide.

“I think like I’m in a position to attract the ball a little bit bit higher. And I want to get a little bit bit extra sharp with it, get started putting in a little bit bit upper than I’m at the moment,” Woods stated. “However the nature of this golfing direction isn’t somewhat like Augusta. There are a pair holes that I do like atmosphere it up and hitting prime attracts and I’ve achieved that.

“No. 6 is so much like No. 10, sitting up, looking to hit that top tomahawk draw down there, I used to be in a position to do it the day prior to this and these days. There are a pair pictures which can be very similar to what I’m going to stand at Augusta. And I’ve were given a couple of weeks out, so sure, imaging a few of the ones pictures already, and I’ve been for somewhat some time, ever because the U.S. Open. So expectantly I’ll be able in a couple of weeks.”

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