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Tiger Woods leads WGC-Doral after Round 2: Can he finish?

Current world No. 2 Tiger Woods has made a habit of finishing tournaments over the course of his legendary career, but lately, he’s struggled to regain his top form on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Through two rounds at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, Woods leads by two shots and has played beautifully through two rounds. On Friday, he fired a 7-under 65 en route to his lowest 36-hole score since the 2009 AT&T National — 131. He won that event by one shot over Hunter Mahan in his last Player of the Year campaign. Since then, he’s morphed into a different character, capable of giving up leads after dominating early. 

But that may all have changed as Woods has one PGA TOUR win under his belt and looks as good as ever this season. He set a personal best for birdies through two rounds with 17, but more importantly, he’s starting to peak at the right time The 2013 Masters right around the corner. If he can parlay this confidence into any type of consistent game at Augusta National this April, then he could be on track for another historic season and back in the hunt to track down Jack Nickaus’ record of 18 professional majors. 

But there’s a way to go before that happens, but if and when it does, it will give the sport a shot in the arm that it can always use. For now, it’s just fun to see Woods playing well again and doing Southern California proud. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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