Today is Smile Tiger.
Tigers Tees Off Early
By Kickntrue on 8/26/10
For the first time in his career, Tiger Woods teed off in the first group on a Thursday. He should do it more often. Stephanie Wei was there to catch the action in person.
Just three days after his divorce was finalized, Tiger Woods shot a six-under 65, his lowest round of the year, in the opening round of The Barclays for a share of the early clubhouse lead with Ryan Palmer. He only missed one fairway (and by, like, 2 paces) and two greens. (It’s going to take a lot more than one good for me to say, “TIGER’S BACK!” It’s a little premature. If he’s still atop the leaderboard come Sunday, then it might be considered.) After Woods left the scoring room, he walked out to begin a series of interviews. The first was for radio. But he stopped to sign an autograph for a young boy who snuck up next to him. When asked if it was his best round of the year (not just scoring-wise), he said, “Absolutely.”

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Making his way to the next stop for his interview with the Golf Channel, a subdued, focused but polite Woods surprisingly signed a handful of autographs for a kid and some middle-aged men, whom were so excited that you might have thought they had won the lottery. I was taken aback. I turned to a veteran writer and asked, “This isn’t normal, is it? He doesn’t usually sign autographs in these situations, right?” He verified that it was out of character. The “old” Tiger would have kept walking. In other words, Tiger has kept his vow to acknowledge fans more. But he was also in a really good mood.
I'll believe it on Sunday night, though I did notice something pretty crazy. Because of the way they reset the FedExCup points now that the playoffs have started a win by Tiger would almost certainly vault him into top 5 with the possibility of being #1 or #2 in the standings going into event number two. I know he's not played the golf this season to deserve any talk like this (but it is STILL Tiger we're talking about), but how crazy is it to think that he could win 3 out of the next 4 events and still actually be the player of the year. I'm not holding my breath, and you shouldn't either, but nobody else has won 3 times this season, and he'd have the $10M payoff from the FedExCup. ... Just saying.

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[ comments ]
birdieXris says:
Ok i'll say it.....That 10M would go worlds to offset his settlement ;) haha. couldn't resist.
8/26/10
 
oobscott2 says:
he would still need 690 million more to finish it
8/26/10
 
sepfeiff says:
That might take him another year or so...
8/26/10
 
coojofresh says:
i was up to keep up with it and see the 17th hole on line. he looks good, but not like Tiger. he only really used driver twice. he played more like lee westwood or steve stricker today. just solid.
8/26/10
 
The Full Monty says:
Looks like that settlement was the key. Best score of the year so far
8/26/10
 
Banker85 says:
this brings a tear to my eye...
8/26/10
 
Swingem says:
Look$ like Elin ha$ provided TW with $ome fre$h motivation.
8/26/10
 
coojofresh says:
naw i think somebody just told him to stop trying to be like your old self for a little while. he was 255 yards average drive. so not tiger, but if he keeps it up he will do good or win.
8/26/10
 
jbird2011 says:
It's one round people.....I'm the biggest Tiger Woods fan u will ever meet. Let's not carried away just yet!
8/27/10
 
Nathaniel Hickman says:
player of the year
8/27/10
 
falcon50driver says:
Nobel Peace Prize next.
8/27/10
 
Matt F says:
Word is he needs to make a little over $100M to recoup what he lost on Friday. IF he gets back to form, he should do that by the end of next year.
8/27/10
 
Banker85 says:
he probably paid that out of one of his piggie banks.
8/27/10
 
Matt F says:
He's certainly not making it from his clothing sales. Read this morning that they have slumped but normal Nike golf apparel is doing fine.
8/28/10
 
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