SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio discusses the possible head-to-head showdown that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are currently planning.
Tiger Woods is still looking for his first victory in his latest return to the PGA Tour, and this weekend in Akron, Ohio might be his best chance to win.
Woods’ last win on Tour came at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and the 14-time major champion is back on the course this week at Firestone Country Club. Woods shot a 4-under 66 on Thursday, with his lone bogey of the round coming on the final hole.
To say Woods has dominated the event is an understatement. He’s won the event eight times, accruing $10,805,625 in total earnings according to the European Tour. That means each finish was worth $831,202, each round $207,800, each hole $11,544 and each shot $3,046.
Woods tees off at 2:10 p.m. ET Friday alongside Jason Day. Will he get closer to his ninth win at Firestone? Follow along for shot-by-shot analysis of his second round.
Hole 5 – Par 3
Tiger did not like this one as he stared it down, but he’s in good shape, just above the hole to the left. He’s feeling it today with the flat stick! Another birdie for Tiger has him 2-under thru 5 (6-under for the tournament).
Hole 4 – Par 4
Tiger goes driver again but loses this one right. From the rough Tiger gets it up on the green, a pretty good effort from a not-so-great lie. With just over 30-feet left for birdie, he leaves the putt short with some work to do still for par. He cleans up to stay 1-under thru 4 (5-under for the tournament).
Hole 3 – Par 4
Iron off the tee and Tiger likes this one. He’s down the right side of the fairway in a solid position. Just a little flip wedge into the green here for Tiger. It’s a front pin placement guarded by water and he tucks it in just left below the cup for another birdie chance. Just a subtle break here and Tiger plays it perfectly for back-to-back birdies. 1-under thru 3 (5-under for the tournament).
Hole 2 – Par 5
Driver here for TW and its in the fairway. A good stroke with his first driver was important after yesterday’s poor effort with the big stick. He’s on the green with his iron approach, pin high with a lengthy look at eagle awaiting. He gave this one a ride and it missed left and long, but it’s only a few feet away for birdie. He converts and gets back to even thru 2 (4-under for the tournament).
Hole 1 – Par 4
Iron off the tee on No. 1 for Tiger and this one is in the left rough, just short of a bunker. The ball was actually just right of the bunker, leaving an awkward stance for Tiger. He lays up just short of the green, leaving a good chance to get up-and-down for par. Tiger’s chip is good, not great, about 8 feet below the cup. He had the right speed here but just misses the read. Rough bogey. 1-over thru 1 (3-under for the tournament).