The Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is now two rounds old. For Tiger Woods, the tournament has been similar to many others the golfer has had over the past couple of years. Woods has made some great shots but putting continues to be his bane. Woods missed a lot of opportunities and ended up at six under par for the tournament. It's not a bad score but it does put Woods six shots off the pace. He was also playing at the easiest course in the mix. All of this adds up to what has become a tough reality for Woods. He just doesn't seem to have enough to win.
To be fair, the playing style at this tournament has to take its toll on golfers like Woods. Rounds last about six hours, much longer than what we usually see. He also has the added distraction of playing with Tony Romo, the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Though Woods seems to get along Romo just fine, all of those extra camera flashes must be a little overwhelming. But even with all of the unique things about this event, the problems are the same for Woods. His putter constantly fails him. If he made one or two more putts that he used to easily make things would be more different heading into the third round.
While Woods isn't where he wants to be, he isn't out of the mix. He is just three shots out of second place so there is the chance to make up ground. However, a lot of golfers that are playing better than Woods right now that sit in front of him. Woods is looking up at names like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, and Vijay Singh after two rounds. Those aren't the kind of names that give up ground and let golfers back into the mix. I can't really see Woods coming back to win this tournament. The best thing for him would be to put in one solid round of putting. That is probably more important for his confidence than earning a title.
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