Saturday, October 24, 2020
The Young Turks continued to dominate yesterday at the Zozo Championship at Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, California, but Tiger Woods showed that reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.
On Thursday, while the younger set blistered the par-72 layout with a myriad of birdies, Tiger made just two, and wound up a horrible round with a 4-over-par 76. He was at the bottom of the 76-player field. After round 2, the Turks are still going strong, but Tiger chimed in with a 6-under 66 that with a little luck easily could have been a 10-under 62.
Justin Thomas (65-65-130) sits atop the leader board at 14 under par, one stroke better than Dylan Frittelli and Lanto Griffin and two better than Patrick Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler. There are eight more at 11 under, including Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Tony Finau. In all, there are 26 players within five shots of the lead.
But Tiger was the star of the afternoon telecast. He missed a four-footer for birdie on the first hole, but went 1 under with a four-footer on No. 2. He then three-putted the third for a bogey and was at even par when he could have been two under. But he made birdie putts of two feet on No. 4, 4'4" on No. 5 and 2 1/2 feet on No. 6 and suddenly he was 3 under - instead of 5. A birdie from 15 feet on the ninth led to 4-under 32.
On the back, he bogeyed 10, made a 6-foot bird on 11, and barely missed a 20-footer on 12. He missed a 10-footer on 13, then made an impossible par on 14 after chunking a chip shot. He two-putted for birdie on the par-5 16th and made an 8-footer on 17 to complete his 66 - which could have been 62. He only moved up nine spots into a tie for 66th.
Phil Mickelson, back from his second victory in two tries on the Champions Tour, shot 74-72-146, 2 over, and is tied for 72nd.
Seminole Daniel Berger (69-68-137) is 7 under and tied for 35th, while Gator Billy Horschel (72-67-139) is 5 under and tied for 48th.
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