Woods shows signs of life

Tiger Woods celebrates after holing out for eagle on the par-4 sixth hole at TPC Boston.

NORTON, Mass. – Tiger Woods didn’t expect to win Monday, no matter what you think of his final-round 63 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Woods said he left a few shots out here at TPC Boston, specifically a bogey after a bad bunker shot on No. 11 and a three-putt bogey on the par-4 17th, but those wouldn’t have mattered either.

“It wouldn’t have been good enough,” said Woods, who started off 6 under through seven holes, including a hole-out eagle from 131 yards on the par-4 sixth. He said perfect weather, smooth greens and kind pin placements would only push the leaders further into the red, far above Woods’ final total of 12 under.

In terms of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, however, it was at least good enough to stop people from asking the question that even makes the other end of the Swoosh raise up for a smile, “Where is Tiger Woods?”

Standing to the side of the 18th green early Monday afternoon, Brandt Snedeker leaned on his putter and turned his head over to the giant scoreboard, which was devoid of any Monday scores besides those of Woods. Snedeker smiled, shook his head and laughed.

“I was laughing,” said Snedeker. “Because we all expect him to do it.”

Woods said the goal Monday was to shoot a low number and hopefully get into the top 10, which at worst will keep him in the top 2 in the FedEx Cup rankings.

That his putter started working again is only problematic for those joining him next week in Chicago, and the week after in Atlanta. Woods, eight days after The Missed Putt Heard ‘Round the World at Liberty National, was adamant that he did nothing different Monday than the previous three rounds, saying “I just made a few more putts.”

He said he had “three to five lipouts per day” this week, which seems to be typical of Woods in these situations. When he isn’t scoring, he says he’s “close,” and that often means on the edge of the cup.

“I was hitting the ball just as good, and things just started rolling,” said Woods, who followed a front-nine 30 with a back-nine 33 that included two bogeys.

He told himself to “hit good shots and do the same things I’ve been doing and maybe those putts will fall. All of a sudden, boom, they start falling, and here we go.”

Yep. Here we go.

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