Tiger is back.
By mustang6560 on 3/11/13
The storyline out of TPC Blue Monster is simple — Tiger is back.
The current world number closed with 1-under-par 71 to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship Sunday, which is his 17th WGC title.
At the height of Tigermania between 1999 and 2009, Eldrick T. Woods won 35 percent of the time he put a peg in the ground.Officially, Tiger only finished two strokes ahead of Steve Stricker — his putting coach — but the final leaderboard is deceiving. He was in control the entire week at Doral and completed the wire-to-wire victory with relative ease.
As the PGA Tour notes in its With this victory article, Tiger's win was impressive for several reasons, but the most important thing is he's one victory away from returning to the number one spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. His next start is at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks, and as the defending champion, you have to like his chances.
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For the first time in a long time, he looked comfortable with the putter. 100 putts in 4 rounds! Pretty darn solid. His driving was better but still a few loose ones. At places like Doral, Bay Hill, and especially Augusta, this doesn't hurt him too bad. I'm calling Tiger winning the Masters!
He played well indeed and I am happy for him however I am not so sure he'll win the masters. I do think he will win a major this year though and would hope it is the masters. I'd like him to return to no. 1 again and have Rory be no. 2 the Master and the heir to the throne, Rory as it should be until Tiger bows out.
So Tiger is back... again... until the next time he doesn't win a tournament. How many times is he going to be "back"?
He will be "back" when he wins a major. It certainly looks like that final hurdle is not far away but he still needs to take that last step
Kurt the Knife says:
Stricker is Back!
giving Tiger instruction.
Ugly waitresses watch out!
The real story is "ratings are back."
The only caveat is that when he has these "easy" wins, it always seems to be on the courses where he has always been so dominant - Torrey, Bay Hill, etc. Hard to say given that his schedule has him always playing the same courses every year. It will be interesting when he is playing his "non-normal" courses.
Tiger is back, maybe not yet to the high level he once was, but no one else on the Tour has won 5 times in the past year. So he may not have proven that he is ALL THE WAY BACK, but he is certainly BACK out in front of the pack.
Also, take a look at the level of guys he just beat in the WGC. We aren't talking about second string players here. Most of the big names were there, all playing the same golf course. Anyone who doesn't acknowledge Tiger's dominance--not only in the past, but even now, without a recent major--IMO is in denial.
Tiger will probably sweep the majors this year.
The line starts over there ------------->
If by "back" you mean back to participating in tournaments, making putts and having a good time then yes Tiger Woods is most definitely back. Because let's face it that what it's all about-participation. And having fun. Yay.
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