Ok, maybe not all the way. You got me. But, yesterday at the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Course in the Bahamas, Tiger was back to doing what he did for so many years: He made golf electric. On Day 2, he started -3 through four holes, after posting a 69 on Day 1. He had a thrilling eagle try on 9, when he put his drive in the fairway with 271 yards to go. He absolutely smashed a 3-wood with water to his right, and the ball settled just 15 feet from the hole.
You can tell EVERYONE wants the old Tiger back, because on the putt everyone in the area code wanted that eagle. When it dropped, the crowd was eccentric. It may not have felt like Hole 17 at TPC Sawgrass (only so many people are in the Bahamas), but that similar excitement level from a smaller crowd was there. He finished the day with a 68, just five strokes behind the lead. For a guy who hasn’t been in competitive golf for what feels like an eternity, Woods has crushed expectations. Heading into Day 3, he sits at 12th place out of 18, when we would have all been ok with him just finishing the tournament without any pain in his surgically-repaired back.
This is what golf fans have been waiting for, and we’re all glad to see Tiger back on the course smashing drives and sinking putts.