Saturday, December 06, 2014



By Adam Schupak
WINDERMERE, Florida – On Thursday, Tiger Woods couldn’t break an egg. On Saturday, he broke par for the second straight day, improving to a 3-under 69.
 And for more good news, the fever he said he’s been playing with the past two days finally broke on the front nine. Woods waited four months to return to action and as luck would have it he’s had to battle nausea, laryngitis, and an assortment of flu-like symptoms. Woods’s mother, Kultida, noted that his fever spiked to 102 degrees on Friday night.
“Well, it wasn’t easy, and I fought hard,” Woods said after the round. “That’s about all I had.”
Prior to his round Woods went over to the bushes near the practice tee and was sick. That led to speculation he might not be able to play.
“I wasn’t doing too good at the beginning, but I thought I could hang in there. If this fever just broke I thought I would be all right. It finally broke on the front nine,” he said.
But not before a case of the dry heaves on the first green, and two other occasions on Nos. 3 and 4 where he doubled over as if he might be sick again. Woods chugged water on a warm, humid day and it looked like he might need intravenous fluids at the turn, but he gutted it out.
“Initially I didn’t have the explosiveness,” Woods said. “I was just pretty slow. As the round built on I was starting to feel better and started hitting the ball around my normal numbers.”
Woods twirled his driver on several occasions, always a sign that he likes the result. When Woods and playing competitor Billy Horschel both hit driver, Woods showed off another gear, blowing it past him with regularity, especially at 18.
“That was nice,” Woods said of his final drive that set up his third birdie in a row. “I haven’t been able to do that for a while.”
Who would’ve thought his driver would look like the least rusty club in his bag in Woods' first competitive rounds since missing the cut at the US PGA Championship in August? 
The chipping woes that plagued his first two rounds continued. He chunked a chip a few feet from the Bermuda rough on the sixth hole and made bogey and then repeated Thursday’s blunder at 13 by lifting his head and stubbing it from a collection area. The ball returned to his feet and led to bogey. 
How bad has the chipping been? Well, fans were placing bets on Twitter if he’d do it again and someone created a parody account named “@DidTigerChunk.”
While his chipping shortcomings make for easy fodder, they have disguised how poorly he has putted so far. Woods hasn’t made a putt outside of 12 feet in three rounds.
Yet as sick as he felt, Woods still maintained a sense of humour when asked if he could take anything out of today “game-wise.”
“Yeah, not bad,” he said. “I’m only 15 back.”
Well, it turns out he’s 19 behind Jordan Spieth but who’s counting?



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