Southern California is bracing for 80 mph winds, but that's not scaring Tiger Woods from out performing his competitors during the Chevron World Challenge taking place at the Sherwood Country Club just north of El Lay.
"I'm excited about playing that wind (today)," the golfer, whose game is on the upswing these days, told sources on Wednesday.
Last February the wind was not his friend at the Dubai Desert Classic and lead to his loss, but Woods is feeling more confident since tying for third in the Australian Open, explaining:
"Normally any player who makes swing changes, you get exposed in the wind, when the wind's howling and you mis-hit shots. I felt very comfortable in that wind (in Australia), which was great, because you know, full circle, last year at Dubai, I felt I should have won the golf tournament. The right-to-left wind cost me eight shots on certain holes, and I didn't have the ability to maneuver the ball left to right at the time."
His confidence is paying off because sources have confirmed the golfer took an early first-round lead on Thursday morning after he birdied four of the first five holes.
Good luck in the rest of the tourney, Tiger!
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