Jason Sobel - February 11, 2012


GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Jason Sobel is in Pebble Beach, CA this week for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He has seen every shot that Tiger Woods has hit over the first 36 holes this week and he thinks it is the best he has seen Tiger off the tee in about two and a half years. So far, he has been able to eliminate misses to half of the course and most of his drives when they find the fairway are right down the middle. On Friday his game seemed to be a little loose but he still shot a 68 which he said was as high as it could be despite missing some putts for birdies.

He felt that Tiger had a good chance to win before the event started but now he is even more convinced that Tiger could win not only because of the way he is playing, but also because the leader, Charlie Wi, is not as experienced when it comes to leading PGA TOUR events and Tiger is only three shots out of second place after 36 holes.

Wi will be playing on a deserted Spyglass Hill because everyone will be at Pebble Beach and that will help Charlie relax. This advantage is unique to this event and the way it is scheduled and Sobel would not be surprised to see Charlie Wi at the top of the leaderboard after 54 holes because Spyglass Hill will be deserted.

Weather-wise, it is a bit chilly in Pebble Beach and the rain yesterday has left the conditions soft and because the three courses are not very long, the bigger hitters will have many opportunities to be aggressive and fire at the pins.

Tiger is playing with his friend Tony Romo who is also the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Since there aren’t any more questions about his scandal or his injuries, it seems to be back to business as usual for Tiger Woods and he is now able to focus on his golf swing. The fact that he is playing better does even more to make Tiger more comfortable and more confident and his demeanor on the golf course is evidence of this.