October 01, 2011
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We might have blamed Fred Couples for his Presidents Cup pick of Tiger Woods over some of the younger players who had a great year, but if Friday was any indication of what we could see from Tiger, Couples might come off like a genius.
According to Tim Rosaforte, Tiger broke the course record at The Medalist, a Greg Norman design in Florida, on Friday, shooting a 62 to best the previous record by two shots. How did he do it? By posting a back-nine 29 that included seven birdies, not bad for a man who has broken 70 only once on tour since returning from injury in August.
Yes, it was just a practice round of sorts and didn't count for anything on the PGA Tour, but it's still an impressive number by the former world No. 1.
What does this tell us about Tiger's game? Well, not a lot really, because it wasn't really a competition, but at least he's producing scores on tough golf courses. I've heard from a couple LPGA friends of mine that Tiger has been asking just about anyone with a staff bag to tee it up in hopes of sharpening his game, and if that's the case, bravo Tiger, because it seems to be working.
Also, don't forget that in 1997, the week before the Masters, Tiger fired a 59 at Isleworth, so maybe there is a bit of a correlation between good play at home and good play on tour.
We will see this week when Tiger takes to the stage at the Frys.com Open.
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