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Tiger Woods has his best round of the year in The Barclays

Updated 1:32 p.m.

After making headlines all week with his personal life and divorce, Tiger Woods drew attention for his golf game.

He put together his best round of the year Thursday in The Barclays in Paramus, N.J. Teeing off at 7:10 a.m., he fired a 6-under 65 that was good enough for a share of the early lead with Vaughn Taylor. His previous low this year was a 66 in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

"That was good," Woods said after his round, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. "I hit the ball well all day. I was really hitting the ball well all day."

Woods had never before played in the first group on the first day of a tournament and woke up at 3:50 a.m. He wasn't about to pull a Furyk.

"I get up early anyway," he said. "I was okay."

Woods is rebuilding his swing, which is still a work in progress.

"I'm still understanding concepts, but I just need the reps. ... I'm going to work on it this afternoon a little bit. And the more reps I get, the better it is, and just like with any change, the more reps, proper reps. So that's what I'm going to do this afternoon."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 26, 2010; 12:39 PM ET
Categories:  Tiger Woods  
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...when you've been cheating on you wife for most of your marriage, how can the fact that she has left you be all that upsetting?

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | August 26, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Now that the gold-digging ice princess is out the door with a small fraction of his fortune, it's time for him to start earning the REAL BUCKS. I just hope he remembers to pay the next piece of tail beforehand; it'll be much cheaper and it's always just a business arrangement despite what the broads like to believe.

Posted by: gce1356 | August 26, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

gce1356: if women were just "broads" and "pieces of tail," you wouldn't need to attempt to demean them here. Is it her beauty or her money that intimidates you? Or are you a recent divorcee, and this whole topic picked a scab? Regardless, you've made it clear that there are worse guys out there to date than Tiger. Thanks for putting him in perspective.

Posted by: sbdc2 | August 26, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I feel badly for both of them. Tiger screwed up and he knew it, however he still loved his wife and kids - and feels a huge sense of loss. Elin feels betrayed and humiliated. Tiger feels humiliated too (by his own behavior), and ashamed. So much pain for both of them. Let them heal.

Posted by: deansellers | August 26, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Now that the big distraction (Elin) is gone maybe Tiger can now focus on his one true love - golf.

Posted by: scsmith58 | August 26, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a head game, that golf.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | August 26, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Said tokenwhitemale: "...when you've been cheating on you wife for most of your marriage, how can the fact that she has left you be all that upsetting?"

That's naive on numerous levels. There are kids involved - even if he never loved her, his family is affected and its not easy to handle kids who suddenly are split between two parents in an odd and scary situation from the child's point of view. Of course this is all his doing, I'm by no means diminishing that, but this does not diminish the pain of a family being torn apart either. Combine that with a swing change, clubs change, sex addiction clinics, still intense media focus and the stress must be amazing. I think he is rediscovering his other love in life, golf. It took nearly losing everything to realize, like the rest of us, the golf course is an escape from life and a place to have fun, be loose, and be competitive.

In other words, as a professional golfer, he's humbled and coming back strong. I am amazed he's doing so well so soon, it's only been 9 months. The man has incredible mental focus, and his fierce fighting spirit has NOT been lost. Got nervous that it was the last few weeks, but as with all things in life, it takes time.

As a father, and divorcee, as to stress and how to handle it or not -- that's his business and not ours. Clearly this is a life long process of healing and recovery just like any of us would endure off the greens. He's not oblivious to it.

Posted by: JimGoldbloomVA | August 26, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

He's not quite as rotten as O. J.

Posted by: Jerzy | August 26, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope he does well, at least he wasn't masquerading as the Leader of the Moral Majority, eh ?

Posted by: trawler | August 26, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Tiger has at last found some freedom to have sexual intercourse and other niceties with willing women.

His game will pick up accordingly.

Posted by: perryneheum | August 26, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Its ONE round!

Posted by: DCFanatic | August 26, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I feel badly for both of them. Tiger screwed up and he knew it, however he still loved his wife and kids - and feels a huge sense of loss. Elin feels betrayed and humiliated. Tiger feels humiliated too (by his own behavior), and ashamed. So much pain for both of them. Let them heal.

Posted by: deansellers | August 26, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

He did not love his wife, he knew exactly what he was doing. She deserves healing, he deserves nothing. oh, and your an idiot.

Posted by: DCFanatic | August 26, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

He's not quite as rotten as O. J.

Posted by: Jerzy |

Come on man, O.J is doing his time, give him a break. And if cheating made you rotten then we all are guilty. Tiger just got caught. Your father did it to your mother, believe that.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 26, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Tiger and "LiLo":

1) who
2) really
3) cares?

As George Carlin once said, "Golf is not a sport"... ;^)

- Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | August 26, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

He did not love his wife, he knew exactly what he was doing. She deserves healing, he deserves nothing. oh, and your an idiot.

Posted by: DCFanatic |

Why do you care that much that you are willing to insult other people? Its like with the internet blog we have be come a bunch of self righteous, gossiping hags who want to degrade others just to make ourselves feel good. The idiot is the one who bothers to get upset over someone else life. Dont you think? Tiger will never read your blog and the person you are calling an idiot could be your best friend and you would not know it and you will never know. So whats the point?

Posted by: ged0386 | August 26, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Why do I imagine Tiger picturing a Divorce Lawyer's smirking Face on his ball?!

"Hee-Hee! $700 Million! Hee-" BLAMO!!!!

...And ANOTHER very Impressive drive from Tiger!

Hey, Tiger: Some hot Babes Waiting! ;~)

But,hey: Just "Rent" them this time!

Posted by: SAINT---The | August 26, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile all of you wish you were half as successful as Tiger Woods. You would trade places with him in a heartbeat right now if you could. And ladies if you had the chance to date him you would. And guys if he walked into your local watering hole and offered to buy you a beer you would have a man crush on him. Stop lying to yourselves. You are just mad because he is rich and famous yet flawed just like you and you cant understand why you could not have his money and fame since he is flawed just like you. We love to see the rich and famous suffer.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 26, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

A colleague had an interesting spin on Tiger. He thinks he was playing bad on purpose in order to keep his earnings minimized until the divorce was final. That way he can win public sympathy by being humble while losing and not have to include any additional earnings in the settlement.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 26, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Go Tiger.

The Gold Digger is finally gone (taking with her a lot of undeserved Tiger gold) and now Ti's golf game is all gold. No surprise there.

BTW, isn't (allegedly) bashing your spouse's face and mouth in with a 9 iron a crime? Just askin'.

Now stay away from golddigging Swedish "models" who never modeled anywhere and the ho stesses and you'll be fine, Ti.

Stay strong, bro.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | August 26, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

DC Fanatic, "Dr." Laura is on the line.

Hate is not a family value.

Go Tiger.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | August 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse


@ged0386

I've got an interesting spin. You're a troll.

Posted by: hessone | August 26, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse


You would trade places with him in a heartbeat right now if you could.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 26, 2010 6:02 PM |

No thanks, I don't want to be black.

Posted by: hessone | August 26, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to a weekend watching Tiger golf...it has been a long time w/o him in contention.

I hope he wins his third FedEx cup...and show everyone that he is back.

I agree he's better off without the golden gold digger but hate to see him lose those beautiful kids...very sad for him and for them

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | August 26, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

This man didn't just cheat on his wife with an affair. He slept with dozens of women from coast to coast, exposing her to any number of sexual diseases from porn stars to lounge hostesses. He humiliated and betrayed his partner, his mate, and the mother of his children. He is the worst kind of cheater.

I take some pleasure in every missed fairway, every putt that comes up short, every shot into the sand. 'Miss it!' I whisper at the screen. And those of you who do not share a similar disdain for this man ought to know better. Beyond sports should be character and integrity. He has neither.

There should be consequences for such behavior.

'Miss it, Tiger, Miss it for Erin!'

Posted by: JPMcC | August 27, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

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