The goal of Tiger Woods resurgence has never been about going low or getting off to a hot start. The thing Woods had to find in this second phase of his career was consistency. Have a solid round and follow it up with something just as special. Putt well for four straight days. Get the driver in play for a stretch of tournaments.
We saw a little bit of that earlier this year at the Abu Dhabi event when Tiger went into the final round tied for the lead, but his inability to keep that consistency led to his eventual loss to Robert Rock. This week, at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Tiger is once again showing us that things are starting to click. For the first time since the 2009 Tour Championship, Tiger has put together two opening rounds under 69, as Woods shot a tidy 68 on Thursday at Spyglass and a solid 68 on Friday at the sneaky great Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
He isn't in the lead, or anywhere close at the moment. That honor belongs to Charlie Wi, who has doubled Tiger's total to par through 36 holes, but we all know that this week belonged to Tiger and Tiger alone. It was his 2012 debut. It was his return to Pebble Beach. It was his chance to really grab the critics early and show them that this year, things would be different.
And honestly, things are. Tiger has played solid golf. No, it doesn't have him in the final group or blowing the rest of the field away, but he's in a place where he can make a run on the weekend with two days at Pebble Beach to really get going. Tiger loves this golf course, has played it great in the past, and just needs a solid four days in a big tournament to show us, and himself, that things could be a-changin'.
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