Hidden Tiger

Early in his second round, Tiger Woods sits eight shots off Trevor Immelman’s lead in The Masters.

Can he make up this deficit in about three rounds? Without a doubt. Then why do I feel like it’s a Tiger-less ceremony at Augusta?

A number of reasons :

1. Tiger hasn’t made a putt in the tournament of any significant length. Sure, he had the chip-in on 15 for eagle in round one. But that doesn’t involve the flat blade.

2. Woods is off to a bad start in his Friday round. A birdie-bogey beginning is OK on day one, it’s not acceptable on day two. Especially when the par five second hole is reachable today in two shots.

3. Lack of birdies. If you don’t make putts, you can’t make birdies. Tiger must go on a birdie binge to get within striking distance of Immelman and company.

Leaderboard update: Immelman is in the clubhouse at 8-under, Brandt Snedeker is also in at -7, Steve Flesch cards a 67 to get in at 5-under. On the course…Phil Mickelson joins the party at -4, Justin Rose hangs around at 4-under and Steven Ames posts 4-under in the house.

Lee Westwood just double bogeyed the 13th hole to fall to 2-under-par.

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