The duel today between Tiger and Vijay was quite entertaining. Despite having one of the most amazing birdies I’ve ever seen, Tiger struggled and shot 70. Tiger dropped to 4th place and two groups and 8 shots behind VJ tomorrow.
Tiger’s amazing birdie was on 16, the par 5. He knocked his drive behind a tree in the left rough and tried to hit a huge hook around the tree to get to the green. The catch was he had to aim at the water. He almost pulled the shot off but did go in the drink. He crossed into the hazard over the green so he dropped right on the fringe. He holed a massively long putt for birdie and just started laughing.
Now why is VJ doing so well? There are two stats that jump out at you:
Greens In Regulation (GIR) 83.3%
Putts Per GIR 1.489
1.489 putts per GIR is hotter than the surface of the Sun. Hell, he even missed two short birdie putts. Had he made those putts, his PPGIR could have been so low that Gary McCord might not even be able to put it into words.
VJ has a two shot lead going into tomorrow. There is no reason not to expect him to win.