Now he seems comfortable to be in a group of players four shots back. It's a spot that will allow him to fire at a few flags without worrying about protecting his lead, a spot that will surely make it easier to sleep at night.
"Being in the pack is good," he said. "I know I can go out and go about my business without thinking about the lead."
An unusual admission, something you would never hear from Woods.
Refreshing, though, if only because the kid is honest about his golf.
Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg
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