"a lock to pad"???


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Woods almost a lock to pad his major total after his pursuers wilt in the heat

(From www.golf.com)

What does the above phrase mean?? Is this normal English, because I have never heard it before...
  • JeffJo

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    The statement sounds like "headline" English, which is a peculiar corruption of English used by news reporters.

    It apparently means, 'Woods is almost certain to increase...'

    A "lock" in that sense is something that is certain, and "pad" is used in the sense of padding, which makes something larger.
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