"76, 77, 78..."
Tiger Wins (Again), Sergio Melts Down
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/13/13
In his 300th PGA Tour start, going back to the Los Angeles Open way back when, Tiger captured his 78th PGA Tour victory and second Players Championship on Sunday.

Woods's methodical and meticulous approach to his game was evident this weekend. Whether or not he deliberately engaged in a little gamesmanship, the fact is that on the second hole on Saturday, Garcia was about to hit his second shot when Woods apparently pulled a fairway metal out of his bag, sending the surrounding fans into a noisy buzz. Garcia yanked the shot to the right and made bogey. Garcia was noticeably upset afterward:
"I wouldn't say that he didn't see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit and right as I was in the top of the backswing, I think he must have pulled like a five-wood or a three-wood and obviously everybody started screaming. So that didn't help very much. But it was unfortunate because — I mean I might have hit it there if nothing happens, you never know — but if I hit a good shot there and maybe make birdie, it gets my day started in a bit of a different way."
Woods, in the meantime, made birdie. After the round, Woods told several reporters that it wasn't surprising that Garcia was "complaining about something."

While there should be no question that Sergio has virtually all of the golf shots needed to win a major, at this point in time, it's evident that Garcia hasn't quite mastered the art of keeping a cool head under non-match play pressure. Last September at Medinah on Sunday, when his Ryder Cup opponent Jim Furyk dumped his tee-shot into a bunker at the par-3 17th, Garcia calmly hit a high cut to the fat part of the green and two-putted for par. But Garcia's anger at Woods obviously spilled over into Sunday afternoon, because at the infamous 17th at Sawgrass, Garcia aimed right at the sucker hole-location, rinsing two balls and making a quadruple-bogey 7 on his way to a seven-way tie for 8th place.

It has also been noted that Tiger's win at Sawgrass yesterday represents the earliest on the calendar that anybody on the PGA Tour has reached four victories in the same season.

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joe jones says:
Sergio. Poor baby. The mouth that roared got stuffed with payback.
5/13/13
 
C-4 says:
Hey Guys..no comments..come on Tiger won, lets not focus on Serg nutting up again. Oh the drop.....come on I sure there is someone who wants to disqualify this victory. And another record, 4 wins this early in the season....Where my haters at...is El Tigre back or not.....baaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
5/13/13
 
mjaber says:
Tiger won. No idea what this whole "drop thing" is about. He did everything right with the drop. That's just people looking for a reason, instead of looking at the obvious. Tiger is not, nor will he ever be again, the unwavering-stoney-eyed-all-I-do-is-make-putts-and-win-majors player he was before the knee went, Yang chased him down, and his marriage disintegrated. I saw a golfer win a tournament, but I didn't see him put his foot down and choke the life out of the competition. I didn't see him leave any doubt. He could have easily ended up in a playoff when he left his putt at 18 short. Pre-'08 Tiger sinks that putt and closes out the tournament.
5/13/13
 
Ianinho says:
haha mjaber, could have easily ended up in a playoff...please...I suppose he would have lost the playoff as well. People only remember the best of the best when he was at the top of his game, I'm certain he had lots of this type of win as well as his runaway wins. It's like when people say he NEVER missed a putt from inside ten feet, of course he did.
5/13/13
 
Trip says:
I, along with a lot of golf fans would have loved to see a Sergio, Tiger playoff.
5/13/13
 
mjaber says:
@Ianiho... Player A is on the green with a birdie putt and a 1 stroke lead. Player B is one stroke behind, with a good lie in the rough and a good line to the pin. If Player A sinks the putt, game over. If Player A misses the putt, Player B has a reasonable chance of forcing a playoff.

That is how I saw the end of the tournament. Had it gone to a playoff, who knows? You're talking about 17 at Sawgrass... It's doubtful that he would have lost to Lingmerth. I'd say it would be a pretty good bet, under the circumstances, that Tiger makes par and Lingmerth dunks his tee shot, and that's the end of it. But you can't say that the door wasn't left open by that putt being left short. It's my feeling that pre-'08 Tiger makes that putt, or at least gets it to the hole.
5/13/13
 
jrbizzle says:
Tiger may not be blowing the field away like he once did, but when it's closing time, he shows he still has some of the best nerves. 4 wins already this year. 7 wins in his last 21 stroke play events. That's not premium Tiger winning ratios, but it's really close.
5/13/13
 
C-4 says:
Yeah..Yeah..Yeah..judge Tiger against the other golfers, not himself. A mediocre Tiger is still better than the field. If Tiger does not win anymore this year he has still done a GRAND....in spight of being under the rule Microscope.
5/13/13
 
Duke of Hazards says:
@Mike - I'm not sure I agree. If I'm cool and calculating Tiger Woods and have a 1-stroke lead, I'm not thinking 'I need to birdie this to slam the door'. I'd be thinking "I need to die this putt at the hole to ensure par at all costs on this hole and force this rookie to try and birdie the hardest hole on the course under enormous pressure to catch me."
5/13/13
 
Ianinho says:
@Duke Exactly, if it was someone more experienced behind him he may have thought he needed to hole it, but it was a rookie who had never been in the situation before. As Jack Nicklaus always says, make the other guy catch you because it happens so rarely. That's what made Cabrera's shot in the masters so special
5/13/13
 
joe jones says:
Nicklaus never had a need to step on peoples necks when he won. He was cold, methodical and seemed to be oblivious to pressure. Tiger seems to have a more calculating approach today which should stand him in good stead in the future.Jack has often said that he seemed to be able to pick out a winning score that he needed to shoot on Sunday. If it worked for Jack it should work for Tiger.
5/13/13
 
mjaber says:
@Duke, Ianinho... I get your point. He made the safe play. What I'm saying is that the early to mid-2000's Tiger doesn't leave that door open. Ask yourselves this- Is it more likely that Lingmerth makes a birdie, or that he holes his shot from 163 out?
5/14/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
Why does Tiger has 78 wins? Good question Tor even if I don't fully buy the answer. I think you would need a doctoral dissertation to address that one. Because there is no easy explanation. Other players will have better rounds, better ball-striking, putting etc. in a tournament. But nobody's better at putting it together over the course of 72 holes. That is one key to Tiger success IMO. Over four rounds a lot happens, it's a long time span, talking about nearly twenty hours on the course. For most players there probably are several lulls or lapses in concentration over that time. But that does not seem to happen to Woods. Rumors say he is a lousy tipper and I tend to believe it because on the course when it comes to losing strokes he is probably the stingiest person who ever lived.
5/14/13
 
Jaime A. Mejia says:
I am sure nobody else will win four tournaments this year, Tiger has the chance to win even more. Why there always someone who can't just watch the guy play enjoy his game, dream that one day during his next re-encarnation will be able to play half as good as Tiger does. I really apreciate when someone work hard and get the reward's of it, if Tiger get's as good or better that he was before the final scores will be like the first Master's he won, no competition !!!!!
5/14/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Beef: The apparent cause of Tiger winning all these tournaments is that he can adjust his mental game to what the rest of the field is doing. And I agree with you that the remote causes behind his mental strength and deep knowledge of the game are worth a doctoral dissertation.

The only players who won this many tournaments in the professional game in 2012 were Rory McIlroy and Branden Grace, so this sort of dominance tends to be cyclical with other professional golfers and rarely repeatable. With Tiger having dominated in several "waves" throughout his professional career is more than just remarkable; it's worth some academic research.
5/15/13
 
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