Tiger eyes record comeback

Published 21/06/2009 10:42:20

Despite being in the half of the draw that got the worst of the weather, defending champion Tiger Woods is not throwing in the towel at Bethpage for this week's US Open. The only thing standing in Woods' way is 11 strokes - and a record comeback to boot. But this is Tiger we're talking about, right?


Speaking of his chances of emulating Lou Graham - the last man to come from 11 shots down in a Major - Woods said:


"I'd like to. There's no doubt. I'm hitting it well enough,"

"Unfortunately, my score doesn't reflect how I've been playing. But you never know. I've got 36 more holes over the next probably three days.

"It's one of those things where if I keep plugging along just like any US Open, make a birdie here and there, we'll see where it ends up."


Woods carded a 69 to get to three over par despite a relatively poor finish that included four straight pars and a bogey on the 18th. Although there no doubt Tiger is no ordinary golfer, the damage has been done in his first round and few can expect him to overhaul such a massive gap and defend his crown.


Woods has no doubt been unlucky in terms of the weather - just one man from his half of the draw has even made the top 15, with 3-time major winner Padraig Harrington not even making the cut.


"(Friday) was the day that did it. Especially on my half of the draw," Woods said. "I had to finish at even par, one-over par at the worst. That would have been a really good score.

"But instead I ended up at four over par, and that was about the mean for the day on my side, which is not what it's going to take to win a US Open. You have to do better than that."


But really, Tiger must look to his poor putting for blame. His chances are remote and it's time for the cameras to focus on someone else for the backpage shots.


1.  He's got no chance!

And what's going on with his swing? It looks like he's chopping logs

comment by Dave Jones - 21/06/2009 10:55

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