Has Tiger Woods lost it? I would have to say YES. Tiger was at the top or near the top of the leader board several times this year, a few times during major championships, and has fallen to the wayside on the weekend. Take the Tour Championship for example, came out on Thursday leader of the pack, and then follows up his 66 with a 73. The Tiger Woods of old never shot 73, and if he did it was on a day two of the US Open when there are no under par rounds. Not on a day where half the field finished under par (yes it is a small field of the most elite players, but still). Oh by the way the high score of the day 75, Tiger Woods shouldn’t be finishing last in any field, at least the old Tiger wouldn’t.
Jim Furyk birdies 7 out of the first 10 holes to find himself with a sweet little 29 on the front nine and -7 under with only 8 to play. We are all having thoughts of grandeur and a 59 in the Tour Championship, which would have gone down as one of the best 59’s (if one could say the best 59 shot on the PGA Tour). But alas good ole Jim kinda fumbled it coming in, but still managed a -6 under 64. Great score, but 29 35 as your two nines is always a little disappointing. If his iron play stays as good as it was on Friday the PGA Tour is going to have to get some thicker flags…because Jim was knocking em down on Friday.
Justin Rose is still striking the ball great, the putter is working, and he finds himself only one shot behind the hot Jim Furyk. Justin is quietly playing really well right now, and could find himself as the Tour Championship winner, and if a few other players finish in certain spot a very healthy bonus in his bank account come Monday morning.
Brandt Snedecker and Phil Mickelson did not have a great day two. Brandt didn’t gain any ground with an even par 70, and finds himself 5 shots back from Furyk. Phil the Thrill is still wowing the patrons but his driver is getting him into too much trouble that the claw/belly puter grip can get him out of. Philly is going to need a great Saturday in order to get himself back into this tournament and the FedEx Cup race. Brandt also needs a great Saturday to have any chance of catching the kid Rory.
Speaking of Rory McIlroy he seems to be the only player in the top 5 who moved in the right direction on Friday. With a solid 68 -2 under par on Friday and a shaky start, Rory finds himself at -3 under going into the weekend only four shots off of the lead. Rory is the man to beat, and if the other members of the Top 5 on the Points list coming into the Tour Championship don’t step it up a notch, Rory could cruise his way into the $10 million and the FedEx Cup. Although this Golf Blogger believes that Rory is out there to win the Tour Championship, not just squeak out a FedEx Cup win.
DUSTIN JOHNSON: My pick of the week DJ crushes a 67 on Friday to get to -4 under for the week. If Dustin can dominate the Tour Championship like he has done so many other times in his young career we could have a different young man holding the FedEx Cup at the end of Sunday. A Dustin Johnson win would be a huge boost to the American Team and the Ryder Cup.