Tiger Woods made his 2012 debut on the PGA Tour on Thursday. Expectations were high for the golfer as he showed promise in his opening tournament played on European Tour in Abu Dhabi. In that competition, Woods was competitive throughout the first three rounds and was tied with Robert Rock in first place leading into the final day. However, he ultimately fell short and shot a disappointing final round of even.
Woods started the this Pro-Am event playing the Pebble Beach course. He was paired with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo who also shows promise as an amateur golfer. The strongest area of Woods' game was undoubtedly his short iron shots. Unfortunately, his putting let him down. Tiger missed many opportunities and did not capitalize on many of his birdie putts. He shot an opening round score of -4 on Thursday and a second round score of -2 on Friday. Currently, he is tied in 17th place at -6. He will have to have a stellar weekend if he is to win this event.
Charlie Wi is the current leader in the tournament. He shot a very impressive -9 on Thursday, followed by a -3 under round on Friday. The 40 year old veteran from South Korea is yet to win on the PGA, but he has one victory on the European Tour and seven victories on the Asian Tour. If Wi is to win his fist PGA tournament, he must continue taking advantage of the course that is yielding many low scores.
Phil Mickelson also had an impressive performance. The seasoned golfer is very familiar with the courses at Pebble Beach and is one of the crowd's favorite competitors. After collapsing at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix during the final round, he has been seeking some vindication. Phil is currently tied in 8th place at -7. On Friday, he shot a very solid -5 round with only one bogey on the final hole.
Dustin Johnson is also in the mix. This young American is very familiar with Pebble Beach and it's notorious difficulty. He shot a -9 round his opening day, but followed with an up and down even round on Friday. He ended his second round with a bogey bogey stretch on 17 and 18. Johnson will need to mitigate these mistakes if he is to win the tournament.
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