March 24, 2012- On Friday, Tiger Woods looked like the number one golfer in the world. He played the Bay Hill course with great ease. He actually putted all 18 greens with a chance for birdie. He was never close to being any worse than par on any hole.
His bogey-free 65 that included seven birdies was the best round he has played in years and gave him a share of the tournament lead with Charlie Wi heading into the weekend. On the front nine Friday, Woods ran a string of four straight birdies His two birdies on 16 and 17 tied him and then put him in the lead alone. Wi later tied Woods to set up their leader pairing for Saturday’s third round.
Wi and Woods go way back to their days in junior golf. Wi went to high school with Woods’ best friend Jerry Chang. Wi said he remembers defeating Woods when Wi was 13. Of course, at that time, Woods was just 9.
Graeme McDowell is also in the thick of things after shooting an impressive round of 63 on Friday. He finished with eagle, par and birdie. He was just a shot back of Wi and Woods and tied with Jason Dufner.
Woods has won on six occasions on this course and looks to be rounding into form heading into the Masters in two weeks. However, 36 holes remain and anything can happen, as it usually does.