Tiger fails to make his par save so he’ll drop a shot for the first time today. He falls back to -9. Koepka meanwhile had a horrible lie and didn’t make the green with his approach shot at 5. Koepka hits his drive wide right into the rough at 5. Tiger makes the green from a tough bunker lie at 6 but he’ll have a mid-ranger left for par.
Underappreciated maybe. But that’s our problem not his. Sure I like an outward show of emotion like anyone but I love old the adage “Act like you’ve been there before.” It’s the difference between a guy who hits a home run and immediately starts jumping around beating his chest pointing into the crowd and slow-trotting around the bases and a guy who hits a home run and runs around the bases quickly head down not showing anyone else up.
Okay folks Dylan Dethier here taking over at the top of the hour! Let’s settle in and see if Tiger makes some non-pars. It’s a bit of a level scorecard thus far without a bogey or birdie. He finds the edge of the fairway with driver at No. 17. He flew that one about 300 but he’ll still have 290 to get to the hole…not much roll on these fairways today.
I like the Zach Johnson call (in that same spirit I wouldn’t mind seeing a gritty Kevin Kisner in there) but this lineup is so loaded I think Furyk’s most important task is going to be keeping the team vibe as loose and relaxed as possible. That and finding Sunday shirts that are better looking than the one Furyk himself wore on Sunday in ‘99. That shouldn’t be too tough either.
Woods for birdie…and it drops RIGHT IN THE HEART. A phenomenal finish. The crowd is thundering. Looks like he’s going to come up just shot but that is a 64 with no fairways hit on the opening nine holes. Amazing stuff. He’s -14 for the event.