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McDowell Catches Tiger To Win Chevron
By Kickntrue on 12/6/10
Doesn't matter what you think about Tiger- you've got to admit he makes golf more interesting! I watched more golf this weekend than any since the US Open back in June- and it wasn't to see Rory McIlroy make a few birdies here and there. What a finish and what an interesting lead in to the 2011 season!
U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell capped off his greatest year with two clutch putts that gave him the greatest comeback ever against Tiger Woods.

McDowell holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff Sunday in the Chevron World Challenge, then made another birdie putt from a little longer away to deny Woods a victory in his final tournament of the year.

"It's the stuff of dreams -- 2010 has been the stuff of dreams," McDowell said.
Before anyone teed off on Sunday I figured Tiger had won it. After McDowell hit his ball in the 5 foot weeds on 17 I thought Tiger had won it. After Woods hit his 2nd shot on 18 to 3 feet I KNEW he'd won it. But then something funny happened. Graeme McDowell reminded us that he was the most recent major champion in the twosome. He isn't the same McDowell this would have been in 2009 or before. He was the one draining clutch putts. He was the one dropping 20 feet above the hole on another tee box- hitting a 35 yard flop shot to 6 feet to save bogey. He was the freaking man!

The weekend may eventually be known as the stepping stone for Tiger's return to golf dominance, but to me the weekend was about McDowell's resolve. The 2 strokes he saved on Saturday after hitting a tee shot into a nearby swimming pool and still parring the hole (essentially eagling his 2nd ball), and then the drop/flop and roll on 17 Sunday are what I'll remember.

Still- I wouldn't have watched if Tiger wasn't doing what Tiger does. It's just better for golf.

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bkuehn1952 says:
I totally agree with what you said.
Banker85 says:
i couldnt watch Tigers putt on the playoff hole, great to watch. Crazy how things work out. Since Tiger didnt play the Chevron last year McDowell got the invite, and finished 2nd and kick started the best year of his golfing life, and Tigers worst.
Backquak says:
I watched the final round and I must say it was some good stuff
legitimatebeef says:
It was great entertainment but at the end I was deflated. I will admit it I'm a Tiger Woods fan. I celebrate the man's entire catalog. But we are learning that Mac-Dowell is a bad MF too.
miketomei says:
I liked it when Tiger's caddy, Steve, took his bib off on the 18th hole after Tiger hit his approach shot to 3 feet. He was thinking all they had to do was sign the card and go collect the trophy and check. Graeme made his 20 foot putt to force a playoff, and I hope flashed Steve a "better put that big back on" look.
Paolo says:
Well from this side of the pond I'll be honest I was never uttering a word of encouragement for Tiger only for our boys.

What a mixed bag if golf, some genius, some god awful and some genius stemming from the god awful.

Even though I can't stand Mr Woods I have to say it was the 'maybe he's on they way back' that kept me interested. Then G MAC finishing things off with this two long puts made it all the sweater.

Bring on next season.
manny.101 says:
Can't stand Tiger! Glad to see the rest of them walking over the top of him on the course. I think Tigers days as the dominant golfer are over! :)
manny.101 says:
Why no picture of Graeme McDowell?
mjaber says:
I still wonder if Tiger will ever be "the same." I think that since he took the beat down from Y.E. Yang at the PGA, he's been a different player. He doesn't have that "I can't be beat on day 4" feeling anymore.

He's still a great player, and I think he'll start winning again next year, but I don't think he will be the dominating force he once was.
dottomm says:
All I could think when Tiger was over his final putt and G Mac holed his 2nd 20 footer was "I bet he wishes he had his old putter". It looked like he was playing the Nike. Anybody know?

I totally agree with mjaber btw. And for Mr McDowell's 17th hole. WTF?! Pure genius. Who could actually think they could flop so close and then have the guts to actually try it. What a show off. What a Man!!!
Backquak says:
he was playing a nike method, i don't know the model
dtak84 says:
Method 003.

I believe it was stated somewhere that it helps him close the toe through the stroke, making it feel more natural.
Beekeeper45 says:
2011 is just around the corner, next year should prove interesting.
ToddRobb says:
When Tiger started dropping his club and took a 7 on the par 5 13th hole, I remember thinking "he could lose this". It's no doubt he will get back to at least winning tournaments, I just think the "Golf Gods" have decided not to let it happen yet.
wanlotfi says:
If Mac wasn't playing against Tiger, his winning was nothing much to talk about.
Duke of Hazards says:
I got to attend. The tension on 18 for hole 72 and playoff hole was crazy. Almost everyone was pulling for a Tiger victory. For Graeme to pull off those 2 putts with the kind of tension that was surrounding that green amidst an all Tiger crowd bodes well for future success. I was actually really impressed w/ McDowell the whole day. The guy's good.
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