The Barclays 2010 leaderboard is a flashback for new leader Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods leads The Barclays leaderboard at the end of his first round, turning in an impressive six-under-par 65 for the day. There are still some golfers on the course who will finish later this afternoon, but right now Woods sits at the top of the leaderboard at the end of a round for the first time in months. He was caught later in the day when Vaughn Taylor finished his first round on the course at six-under-par as well, but Woods is into some rare territory for him in 2010.
The showing by Woods at The Barclays is nothing short of amazing, as he was part of the first threesome to take to the course, and was able to set the pace early for the entire field. On his first seven holes on the course, Woods knocked in four birdies to take a nice four-under-par score to the eighth hole. The back nine wasn’t quite as impressive, but Woods still had three more birdies to counteract the one bogey that he shot on hole No. 12. He still finished the back nine at two-under par, giving him a final score of six-under-par with seven birdies heading into the clubhouse.
Can Woods keep up the great play deep into round two on Friday? It will be interesting to see if he can build upon what he was able to do on Thursday, and if we are looking at Woods finally getting back into game shape mentally. The tee time for Woods on Friday is 12:10 p.m. local time, and he is taking the course with Cameron Beckman and Troy Matteson again. Both of those golfers are, of course, taking a back seat to what Woods is doing right now, and while a six-under-par used to be something we saw from him every weekend, now it seems more like we are witnessing something we have never seen before.
For those looking to try to catch Woods on the course during Friday’s round two, some disappointment could be provided by TV schedule covering play The Barclays. They are only showing three hours of coverage on Friday, Aug. 27, beginning at 3 p.m. and extending until 6 p.m. on the Golf Channel. Those times are local for the tournament (Eastern), meaning that nearly everyone will almost be off the course on Friday by the time the television coverage begins.
Woods is finally playing some golf that is worth watching, but now there won’t even be any live coverage unless there is some sort of weather delay. A better question might be if Woods can outplay Taylor to create a nice lead.