Tiger sinks 48 foot putt for eagle

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Tiger sinks 48 foot putt for eagle

After finishing the second round of the AT&T National on Friday, Tiger Woods looked as though he had barely broken a sweat, despite temperatures that neared triple digits.
The reason, Woods said, is simple: He keeps himself in top physical shape thanks to a rigorous training program.
Absolutely, Woods said, asked if his superior fitness gives him an advantage in blistering conditions. I think its one of the reasons I had success at Southern Hills (in Georgia). I felt physically fit.
I didnt have a problem with the heat, he added. Ive played some of my good tournaments over the years in Malaysia and other places where its hot."
If thats the case, his competition had better watch out. The weekend at Congressional Country Club is expected to be just as sweltering and Woods' game is heating up.
He fired a three-under-par 68 to vault into contention at the tournament he hosts and, in 2009, won.
Although he hit only seven fairways and 11 greens in regulation, Woods used his craftiness and scintillating short game to save par on Nos. 14 and 15 after wayward tee shots.
Today I got more out of my round, Woods said. On a golf course like this, youre not going to hit em perfect all day. Its just too difficult. I had to make some saves and I did.
He also made an eagle, two birdies and just one bogey.
The eagle arguably the tournament's best shot through two rounds came on No. 16, a 579-yard par-5.
After a 240-yard approach shot left him 48 feet from the hole, Woods calmly sank the putt.
Indeed, Tiger was feeling it on the greens.
That was actually a tricky putt because it was a double breaking putt up that hill, he said. Its hard left and then just wants to feed back to the right. I was waiting for it to feed back because it was hanging, hanging, hanging. Then it just fell right in.
But Woods also knows he left a few strokes on the course, a point underscored by his effort on No. 6, a 555-yard par-5.
His drive sailed over the gallery and settled along the tree line. He recovered nicely, though, leaving himself a makeable birdie putt. But the nine foot attempt rolled just past the hole.
All in all, Woods was pleased with his round.
Im only three back, he said confidently, Im right there.
And if it comes down to who is able to best handle the heat, Woods figures to have the edge.
"Certainly fitness, running all those miles and lifting all those weights, it comes into play when you get days like this, and consecutive days like this," he said.

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