High fives for Woods in LA


THOUSAND OAKS, Calf. – What has been missing from Tiger Woods’ game in 2010? Confidence, consistency, concentration? All of the above. But from a purely statistical point of view much of the world No. 2’s troubles can be traced to his poor par-5 play.

At least that’s the simplest explanation for his solid play at the Chevron World Challenge.

Woods was 35th on Tour in par 5 scoring average (4.64) this season, up from his 4.43 scoring average last year that led the circuit, and was 66th on Tour in going for the green (62 percent) in 2010 compared to a 70 percent average last year that ranked fourth.

Sherwood’s par 5s may be on the softer side of Charmin, but Woods birdied all five on Day 1, and had eagle putts on four of the five, and launched a high cut off a hanging lie on the par-5 second hole Friday to 12 feet for eagle. That’s 7 under for six holes.

If Woods’ comeback was a political campaign the fix would be simple – it’s the par 5s, stupid.