Tiger Pounces All Over Torrey South, Takes The Lead
by Martin Olivera
There were Tiger paws all over Torrey Pines today. Woods
shot a blistering 10-under-par 62, breaking the
course record set by Tommy Nakajima
(1984), and Tom Watson (1992). All three players started their
rounds on the 10th hole. Tiger's round consisted of eight birdies and
one eagle. His 62 vaulted him into the lead at -15, one shot ahead
of Billy Ray Brown (68), and two over Kevin Sutherland
(67), Bill Glasson (68), and last week's runner-up Frank
It was "moving day" at Torrey today, and boy did they move. While Dennis Paulson and Ted Tryba moved down with 74's, Woods went from tied for 36th to take the lead , defending champion Scott Simpson (66) jumped from tied for 36th to tied for 8th, and David Toms (64), who had the second lowest round of the day, climbed from tied for 60th -- making the cut on the number -- to tied for 8th. Local golfer Chris Riley (68) continued his steady play and is also tied for 8th at -11.
Just like yesterday, the weather was prefect for low scoring: sunny and no noticeable wind. "My intention was to shoot 63 today, to be just 3 or 4 back going into tomorrow", said Woods. But some lucky breaks and excellent putting (24 putts today) resulted in a new course record. On #6 (his 15th), he hit a 3-wood 280 yards off a good lie with a compromised stance. "I killed it", said Woods. The ball bounced off a sprinkler head short of the green, and rolled to 10 feet from the hole. "Got a few lucky breaks", he added. Like the one on #7 (his 16th), when a pulled 8 iron bounced off the edge of the green to 15 feet of the hole. He lipped out that one. "It was a matter of time before all clicked in", he said. "I feel comfortable putting and my short game is to a point in which I don't mind missing greens as much. I feel I can shoot a low number without hitting the ball good". Still, he hit 10 of 14 fairways, and 14 greens today.
Tiger Woods won here before, in the Junior World Championships. He knows the course, he likes the course. "I've always had good vibes here. I like playing in San Diego, Southern Califorina, rather, where I grew up". He went from pursuer to pursuee. "I birdied #4, and #5, then eagled #6 and I could see Ted (Tryba) playing a hole and a half in front ... I wanted to make sure (with the crowd's roar) that he knew I was coming". Indeed he did.
"I like my chances going into tomorrow", said Woods. No reason why not. It's his course, his crowd, and his record. He hasn't won since May of last year (Bell South Classic). The Tiger seems to be ready for another pounce.
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