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Tiger Woods really wants his name on the Wanamaker Trophy this week

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Tiger Woods took his first step towards winning his 15th major championship with a nearly-perfect round of golf on Thursday. His five-under 67 put him at the top of the leaderboard with close to half the field still out on the course. Regardless, it looks like it could be a long week for the rest of the field.

Here’s why: Tiger’s golf hole is about the size of a manhole cover at the moment. Last week at the WGC-Bridgestone, Tiger managed to make 64 or 65 putts inside 10 feet. Yep, 98.5 percent of his putts inside money range. He followed that performance up by knocking in some pretty deep putts today, while also sprinkling in a occasional 15-footer for good measure.

Anyone with even the slightest knowledge of the game knows you drive for show and putt for dough. And if Tiger keeps his putting hot the rest of the week, I promise you there will be no one left in his sights come Sunday. Say all you want about this week being special; after today’s round by Mr. Woods, it looks like we could be in for a route of epic proportions.

Boring or not, I think we’d all watch Tiger scorch the field on Sunday if he was five or six shots ahead with nine to play.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

08/13/2009 at 8:14 pm

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