After showing definitive progress at the Australian Open, recording the decisive point in the Presidents Cup and finishing just behind leader K.J. Choi in the opening round of the Chevron World Challenge, it is tempting to say that "Tiger Woods is back."
Certainly, he has come a long way from missing the cut at the PGA Championship over the summer. After a lackluster effort at the Bridgestone, it seemed possible that Woods wouldn't even qualify for the Chevron World Challenge, a tournament he is hosting. But he sits just three strokes off the lead at the start of Round 2.
Of course, just when everything is starting to look roses and birdies along comes the ninth hole to briefly make Woods like nearly as awkward with a club as his estranged friend Charles Barkley.
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Here's what Golfweek had to say about the shot during a live blog of Round 1:
Tiger will be thankful for those early birdies now, as he's making a mess of the par-4 ninth. Pulling his tee shot left into the thick rough, he tried to play a low punch shot to the green, but barely advanced the ball.
Tiger played his third shot, a similar low punch, to the right side of the green and got up-and-down for bogey to minimize the damage.
(H/T Devil Ball Golf)