Woods Loses Control At The Australian Masters
It was the first day that looked very well as he even started to think of defending title. The second day looked totally different. Tiger Woods would fall nine shots behind leader Adam Bland who had a slow start followed by a strong finish which propelled him top spot into the weekend. World number two performed a poor one-over-par 72 to come to one-under 141 after two rounds. Meanwhile, Bland finished with a 67 that put the Aussie 10-under 132. The day went the worse the American couldn’t manage the greens, just like he did in the first round. He also made straight bogeys on the back nine that dropped him even further behind.
Adam Bland, who played on the secondary US Nationwide Tour, is now 546th-ranked in the world, the Aussie winning just $88,000 from golf. However, Tiger Woods is still looking for his first title of the year after he also lost the top spot last month as English Lee Westwood broke American’s 281-week hegemony. Said Woods: “I just need to get off to a good start, making a few birdies and let the momentum of the round build. I haven’t done that yet this week. It was tougher today, and when the wind blows this hard it affects everybody.” The disappointment was the bigger the second round’s greens were slower than the first ones.
On the other hand, the weather conditions didn’t help him too much. But on the contrary, Woods faced probably the strongest wind since Ryder Cup. Of course, he would complain about it, claiming that things looked more difficult that he thought it would be. Apart from this, Andre Stolz, who claimed the 2004 PGA Tour, finished the day second with a 67. He also follows a wrist injury. The third position was taken by Daniel Gaunt, this one carding a 72. Furthermore, Tiger Woods is tied by Camilo Villegas, while Stuart Appleby was at 2-under 140 with a 69.
Adam Scott leads the Singapore Open
Two times winner of the Singaporean event in 2005 and 2006, Adam Scott leads at the halfway with two shots of Ian Poulter who also came in Asia for defending his title. After Chris Wood shared the leadership with Kim Bi-o of South Korea in the first round and after the rain stopped, Poulter came to a one-shot advantage over Kyung-nam Kang, who had a 67, Fredrik Andersson-Hed who finished with a 65 and Graeme McDowell who had a 68.11