Tiger Woods Leads Stellar Field in WGC-Cadillac at Trump Doral

Fred Altvater@@tolohgolfrContributor IIMarch 9, 2013

It's all smiles for Tiger Woods through 36 holes at Trump Doral
It's all smiles for Tiger Woods through 36 holes at Trump DoralWarren Little/Getty Images

Tiger Woods played a nearly perfect round on Friday to take a two-shot lead after 36 holes in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral.

He has won 16 World Golf Championship events in his career, and he won this event in 2007.

Woods is leading at 13-under par and appears to be confident with every part of his game. He didn’t just hit fairways with his driver; he split the middle. His long iron play was spot on. From 150 yards to the green, he consistently gave himself birdie looks, and he rolled in every putt from close range. Through two rounds, Woods is 14 for 14 from 10 feet on the Bermuda greens at Trump Doral.

Through 36 holes, Woods has made 17 birdies. It's the first time in his illustrious career he has made that many birdies in two rounds.

Woods is very confident right now. He is striding the fairways with renewed confidence. His body language is all positive, and you can see the fire in his eyes. He is no longer worrying about positions in the golf swing. He sees the shot and executes it.

With some help from fellow tour player Steve Stricker, he seems to have regained his putting stroke and was very solid on the greens.

The leaderboard at the WGC-Cadillac is a who’s who in golf. Graeme McDowell, who has not made a bogey over the first 36 holes, is two shots back. Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker trail Woods by three shots. Bubba Watson and Freddie Jacobson are four back. Former major champions Charl Schwartzel and Keegan Bradley are within five shots.  

The notoriously difficult winds that normally buffet Doral have been fairly benign over the first two rounds. The weather is reported to be calm and perfect again for Saturday’s third round, but the winds are expected to return for the final round on Sunday.

Woods played solid through three rounds last week at the Honda Championship but struggled in strong winds on Sunday.

A win here this week would give him two wins in just five starts this year. It would also be his fifth win in the last 12 months.

With the way Woods is playing right now, I bet he wishes the Masters started next week.


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