Honda Classic: Tiger Woods rediscovers form to delight adoring fans
Sunday 02 March 2014
Is the Tiger on the prowl again after months in hibernation? Woods had his lowest score on the US PGA Tour in seven months and although he remains way off the pace at Palm Beach Gardens he was at least assured of playing in the fourth round of the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65.
His playing partner, Luke Guthrie, admitted that he was inspired by watching Woods at close hand and he matched his 65 to sit alongside his guru on 5-under-par. That left them six shots behind Rory McIlroy, the second-round leader, who was due to start his third round later.
Guthrie said he learned from playing with the world’s No 1 player and he was trying to beat him. What surprised Guthrie was how many people showed up so early in the morning to watch them. That in itself can be intimidating but it lifted Guthrie.
In Pretoria, the former Ryder Cup player Ross Fisher, who is chasing his first European Tour victory in four years, will take a five-shot lead into the final round of the Tshwane Open today.
The Briton returned a five-under-par 67 to finish with an 18-under-par total of 198 at the Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate.
It was a better return than Fisher might initially have expected. The 33-year-old opened up with a bogey at the first but after that he reeled off seven birdies and dropped only one more stroke. He finished five shots clear of Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey with Simon Dyson and Spain’s Carlos del Moral a shot further back on 12 under.
“I feel like I’m playing as good as I ever have, probably similar to when I was contending in Majors and getting myself into the Ryder Cup team,” Fisher said after his round. “If I were to win here it would be a massive confidence boost and a step in the right direction. My primary goal is to get back in the top 50. I’ve been there before and I feel like I belong there.
“I got to 17 in the world because of my Major performances, but like a few other guys I had a big comedown after the Ryder Cup, having achieved the second pinnacle of golf outside of winning a Major and so early in my career. Maybe I suffered a bit from Ryder Cupitis, as I called it.
“You see guys like Henrik Stenson who got to the top of the game, disappeared, came back, disappeared, and now he’s back where he belongs.”
Hoey followed up his 65 in the second round by carding six birdies but mixing in three bogeys in his 69 yesterday.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Chelsea transfer news: 'Eden Hazard will cost Real Madrid £100m - and a Galactico,' says Jose Mourinho
- 2 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 3 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove