The Loop

Woods scrambling from start

May 06, 2010

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A drive way left. Another tee shot into the fairway bunker. An approach right of the green.

Yes, that would be the No. 1 player in the world we're talking about. And yet part of what makes Tiger Woods the No. 1 player in the world -- at least for the time being -- is that he's somehow even par.

After rolling in an 8-footer on the par-4 fourth at TPC Sawgrass, Woods still doesn't have a blemish on his scorecard, even if the reality has proven to be full of them. That's already an improvement from last week, when Woods' putter failed to compensate for his wayward ball-striking and he missed the cut at Quail Hollow.

But it's still well off the pace on a day when the likes of J.B Holmes (66), Jason Bohn, Ben Crane, Heath Slocum, and Luke Donald (all 67) have taken advantage of placid conditions.

--* Sam Weinman *