The resume and list of accomplishments in Tiger Woods's career is incomparable, but he might be adding another record on Friday at Firestone Country Club. Woods has put it all together on multiple occasions this season, winning four times before June, but not with a stretch like this. Tiger is 8-under through his first 12 holes, changing a two-shot deficit at the start of the day into a six-shot lead.
Woods already holds the tournament course record at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a round of 61. He's in position to at least match -- and probably blow by that -- on Friday. All facets of the game are working right now for Tiger, even the driver, which he's used sparingly in recent months. His putter, which went awry at the British Open, is also rolling perfectly. He hasn't left himself much work up on the greens, however, thanks to all the darts he's firing at the pin with his irons.
Woods burned the edge of the cup on No. 9 to just miss out turning with a 29, instead settling for a 30. The missed putt didn't stop any momentum, however, as Woods stuck his approach shots on Nos. 10 through 12 to begin the back side with three straight birdies. All of this is coming on the heels of a 4-under start at Firestone's first three holes. The South Course provides some scoring chances early, particularly at the par-5 second, but Woods blistered through that stretch and hasn't stopped on the course where he's won seven times.
It's vintage Tiger right now, and could be one of the best rounds of his career. The folks at CBS, particularly Gary McCord, are in full-on "59 watch" right now, even putting a graphic in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Breaking 60 at Firestone is kind of beyond comprehension, but so are many of Tiger's past accomplishments. Firestone's not one of the annual PGA Tour stops -- such as TPC Deere Run -- where a 59 watch occurs. The South Course is a par-70 setup with just two par-5s and measures around 7,400 yards.
John Merrick is in the clubhouse with the low round of the day, a 4-under 66 -- to put that in perspective, Tiger had hit that mark by the third hole.