Saturday, August 11, 2007

Tiger Tames Southern Hills

Every once in a while, I am blessed enough to witness something truly special on television. Yesterday was one of those days. At 1-over-par, Tiger Woods went into round 2 of the 2007 PGA Championship six strokes back of opening day leader Graham Storm. When the day was over, not only would Tiger outscore the day 1 leader by 13 strokes, but he would also make some history as well... Tiger parlayed a round of immaculate ball striking, great short play and nice putting into a 7-under-par 63 and an overall score of 6-under-par 134 to lead by two strokes. With eight birdies, nine pars, and a lone bogey on the 7th hole, Tiger simply looked unstoppable out there. Only a "power lip-out" on a birdie putt at 18 (see above photos) would prevent him from going where no one else had gone before in a major - a 62. Tiger becomes the 23rd player in major championship history to shoot a 63... Westlake Village native Scott Verplank led for much of the day after shooting a four-under-par 66 to go with his opening round 70 and now stands alone in second with a cumulative score of 4-under-par 136. Geoff Oglivy and Stephen Ames are another stroke back at 3-under-par 137. Phil Mickelson followed up his 3-over-par 73, with a one-under-par 69 to get to two-over-par 142. As I feared yesterday, some big names missed the cut. Vijay Singh, Davis Love III and world number two, Jim Furyk all missed the five-over-par cut line by a single stroke at +6. Billy Mayfair had the day's most memorable shot (other than Tiger's lip-out on 18), holing out from the 15th fairway for an eagle-2 on the par four hole. The shot also helped him finish the day right on the cut line of 5-over-par 145.

Sixteen hours of live coverage of the tournaments third and fourth rounds begins today on TNT from 11 am ET/8 am PT and then swithches over to CBS at 2pm ET/11 am PT. The coverage hours will be the same tomorrow.


I'll probably be a little late in posting a blog tomorrow as I'm attending the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill concert this evening at the Honda Center (formerly the Pond) of Anaheim. It should be a great concert, and I'll be sure to take lots of pictures which I will hopefully share here on Sunday!


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