I did not get to watch much of today’s round but what I saw was stunning. Tiger Woods, along with everyone else, plodded through the fourth day at Torrey Pines using his best skills and mettle to linger around par. In the end, Woods’ 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole was necessary to force a playoff 5th round of 18 holes tomorrow with Rocco Mediate.
In an interview after finishing with a very nice 68 on the day, Phil Mickelson opined the course was fair and forgiving enough that a very low round might be possible. That turned out not to be the case for any of the leaders, all of whom struggled to stay close to even. There were few if any miracles from any of the top five or six, but they all stayed within two or three shots of each other for the entire day. Woods’ closing birdie, the final shot of the tournament in regulation, was no miracle, but on a day when bogies were plentiful and birdies relatively rare, it was dramatic – and all the more so because it demonstrated that Tiger even on a bad day, one which began with a double bogey, will not be easily shaken off.
Tomorrow’s playoff promises to be a classic confrontation between the indefatigable Woods and the likable-yet-unheralded Mediate. Wish I did not have to work!