Tiger Woods will wake up Sunday with a real chance at winning his first PGA Tour event in almost five years. One day after whipping the world into a frenzy by taking a momentary solo lead at the Valspar Championship, Woods went out on Saturday and did more of the same. In fact, he did it better and the frenzy was even more manic.
Tiger posted four birdies in an eight-hole stretch on Saturday that made this often sleepy Valspar Championship feel like moving day at a major. The birdies came in all forms, carded on the back of Tiger pulling off all the shots. Perhaps that’s the most remarkable thing about this comeback, still just in its fourth tournament and 13 rounds old.
There are really no restrictions on what Tiger can do, even at 42-years-old and playing with a fused spine. And there’s really no rust on Tiger then actually executing all those shots. Sure, his driver is still a bit wild. But it’s been wild for years and he’s always figured out how to overcome it. What’s more important is that he’s now hitting the ball right there with and even past the longest hitters on Tour.