May 10 2013
Watch highlights of Tiger Woods' round of 67 on Friday at THE PLAYERS Championship
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods started his pro career with the memorable words: "Hello, world."
Judging from his comments Friday after he shot his second-straight 67 at TPC Sawgrass during the second-round of THE PLAYERS Championship, Woods might as well have been saying, "watch out, world" with his clubs.
"I'm pleased with every facet of it," Woods said when asked what the best part of his game was right now. And what's not to like?
"I feel like I'm driving it well, hitting it well with my irons, my distance control is good, short game is really solid, and I'm making my share of putts.
Through two rounds, Woods has hit 27 of 36 greens in regulation, 19 of 28 fairways and used 54 putts to pull within a shot of the leader, Sergio Garcia at 11 under. He's made one eagle, 11 birdies and dropped just three strokes to par.
Not bad at a course where he's only posted one top-10 finish since he won THE PLAYERS in 2001, a year after finishing second to Hal Sutton. Of course, Woods was quick to point out that he'd actually won twice on the Stadium Course, referencing the first of his three U.S. Amateur titles in 1994.
"So for me, even though over the years I haven't played my best here, but I've always felt that courses, even though it's been a while I've won on them, I've still won on them," Woods said. "I know how to get around this golf course. This course, more than most, really tests every facet of your game.
"You have to drive the ball well. You have to hit your irons in the correct spots, and if you don't hit your irons in the correct spots, you're going to have some really funky up and downs. It's trying to manage the ball in the correct spots, and I've done that the first two days."
Woods isn't surprised, either. After all, he has won three times this year and leads the FedExCup standings.
"I think that is the key," Woods said. "You just have to come here playing well, and I just thought what I've done so far this year has been pretty good and better than most. I think that I was headed in the right direction coming into this week. I played well at Augusta. My last two weeks of practice have been really solid and I came in here with some confidence."