Tiger Woods has raised his putter and pumped his fist during some good rounds and a few Sunday chances this year. Missing is that big uppercut. There hasn't been a reason for one yet, which Woods realized from his 9-year-old son, Charlie.
"My son tries to do it, which is kind of funny," Woods said. "And I keep showing him how to do it, and I remember, 'I haven't done this for a while.'"
He had the uppercut going for his first hole-in-one on the PGA Tour in Milwaukee in 1996, and at the Phoenix Open the next year when he aced the infamous 16th hole. His 12-shot victory in the 1997 Masters elicited a sweeping uppercut. But then his 12-foot birdie putt to force a playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open?
"I'm screaming to the sky," Woods said. "I mean, I don't know what the heck I'm going to do. That's just spontaneous reaction. ... You don't see that on the first round. It takes us 3½ days, or sometimes four days, to get into a position where that moment happens."
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