March 9 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DORAL, Fla. -- This is the 46th time in Tiger Woods' career on the PGA TOUR that he has led or shared the lead through 36 holes. Of the previous 45 times, he has converted 35 of them into victory.
The biggest reason Woods has a chance to continue that trend this week: His putting.
Despite needing three more putts in the second round than the first, Woods actually putted beetter on Friday, outperforming the field by four strokes while converting 105 feet worth of putts and going 14-for-14 from inside 10 feet (see chart below for more).
|Stat||Round 1||Round 2|
|Feet of putts made||89 feet||105 feet|
|Stroke gained - putting||+1.21 (8th)||+3.67 (2nd)|
|One-putts (or better)||13||10|
|Putting inside 10 feet||14 of 16||14 of 14|
The other reason Woods sits atop the leaderboard: His play on the par 4s.
Usually it's the par 5s where Woods does his damge.
This week, he's made birdie on a field-best 45 percent of the par-4 holes at TPC Blue Monster.