The two highlights of today’s action at the Phoenix Open:
- Tiger Woods hits his best shot of the day on the drivable par-4 No. 17, leaving only ten feet for eagle. He walks to the back of the green to allow the trailing group to hit. Bubba Watson puts his tee shot well inside of Woods, leaving only a couple of feet for eagle. That shot said these things: (a) I’m inside your best shot of the day; (b) I’m eight shots ahead of you; (c) I’ve won two of the last three Masters; (d) you got one hundred times the pre-tournament media coverage even though I’m the highest-ranked player in this field; (e) see ya in Augusta.
- Reed and Spieth and Woods are playing the loud stadium par-3. Woods misses a long birdie putt. Spieth hits a shortish birdie putt. Reed puts his even shorter birdie putt on top of Spieth’s. Walking toward Spieth, Reed puts his finger to his mouth as in “Shhhhhhh,” a nod to when the two were teammates in the Ryder Cup in enemy territory. So… was Reed’s gesture perhaps a comment, be it conscious or subconscious, on the drunken, uneducated gallery pulling for Woods throughout the day?