The Tiger Show

Tiger Woods shot a 65 on the North Course in 2008.

A look at 11 key holes: Thursday vs. 2008 Buick Invitational second round (the last time he won on the North Course)

No. 1, 515-yd Par 5
2008: Birdie
2011: Par
This was actually his 10th hole on Thursday and it was another missed fairway with an average approach shot.

No. 2, 329-yd Par 4
2008: Birdie
2011: Birdie
Just in case you forgot how strong he is, Tiger drills an iron from the deep rough to within two feet of the hole.

No. 4, 434-yd Par 4
2008: Birdie
2011: Par
Another accurate swing off the tee but his mid-range putting definitely needs work. His 16-footer never had a chance.

No. 6, 212-yd Par 3
2008: Par
2011: Birdie
Hits another green but actually barrels in the 20-footer. If he starts knocking these down regularly, watch out.

No. 9, 547-yd Par 5
2008: Birdie
2011: Par
Short game negates a sick rip out of the rough on his second shot. Leaves chip short, misses another midrange putt.

No. 10, 417-yd Par 4
2008: Par
2011: Par
Pulled out the 3-wood and hit the fairway with his first drive of the day. A nice chip set up a tap-in to save par.

No. 12, 214-yd Par 3
2008: Par
2011: Birdie
The biggest roar of the day after he hits an iron within three feet. Sean Foley’s work really showed on the par-3s.

No. 13, 471-yd Par 4
2008: Birdie
2011: Par
Controlled emotions. There’s no serious frustration like 2010 with a miss off the tee, which was hardly punishing.

No. 14, 526-yd Par 5
2008: Par
2011: Par
Crushes his drive but goes left. Searching for lethal blend of power and accuracy, but you sense it’s not that far off.

No. 16, 392-yd Par 4
2008: Birdie
2011: Par
Beautiful tee shots but can’t take advantage of a 70-yard approach, leaves it way too far out. Seems content with a two-putt.

No. 18, 516-yd Par 5
2008: Birdie
2011: Par
Another huge swing from the rough, but unlike his clutch putt at the ’08 Open, his 8-footer is too far left.

This weekend

Worst-case scenario: The South Course, which Woods will play Friday and then over the weekend if he makes the cut, is much more challenging than the North. If he sprays his drives like he did Thursday, he could have a string of consecutive bogeys, falling out of contention in the last two rounds.

Best-case scenario: Tiger stays somewhat accurate off the tee and starts stroking putts like he did in 2008, when he won this tournament by eight strokes.

Prediction: He has never finished outside the top 10 in 14 season-opening tournaments. That streak’s in serious jeopardy. Tiger’s swing will produce some feel-good moments, but it won’t produce a win.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Sharpton adapts adversarial style to de Blasio's New…

It was not the first time the Reverend Al Sharpton made his way to City Hall in a fiery mood to scold a mayor about New York City police officers…

National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

Music

polyphonic

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…