Tiger Woods was back in true form on Friday at the Australian Open after shooting a second round 67 to take his first lead in a major tournament since his final round the last Masters tournament.
The tournament still has 36 holes left to play at The Lakes Golf Club and a win for Tiger couldn’t come at a better time as the 2-year anniversary of his last tournament win approaches.
Woods shot a 5-under 67 during a blustery day that left the pro golfer with his first two bogeys of the tournament.
Speaking after he well executed round Woods said:
“I played well today … I could have been a little lower over my first nine holes. I felt like I really didn’t miss a shot. Even though I shot 5 under today, it felt like it easily could have been 8 or 9 deep.”
“It feels good, but it feels good to actually be there playing properly instead of slashing the ball all over the place.”
Woods failed to make the FedEx Cup playoffs this year and made his first appearance since that time at last month’s Frys.com Open in California where the golfer finished in 30th place, the Australian Open is only his 11th tournament of the year.
Speaking further about his play Woods said:
“I’m just being patient. I’m basically playing the way I’ve been playing at home. I’ve been hitting it like this at home but it hasn’t come out in a tournament setting yet. That’s the progression. I’ve been through swing changes before, and that’s what happened. It takes time and once the confidence starts coming it starts building.”
Woods is currently sitting at 9-under par with a 135 over two rounds, one stroke ahead of Peter O’Malley.
In third place is round one leader Jarrod Lyle who show a 68 to sit two strokes behind Woods.