The Honda Classic was the coronation of Rory Mcllroy as the world’s number 1 golfer and the realization that Tiger Woods is getting closer to being the guy we all want to see again.
After failing to secure the world #1 ranking last week in a loss to Hunter Mahan, Mcllroy shot a closing round 69 to finish 2 shots ahead of Tiger Woods and Tim Gillis at 12 under. The win makes Rory the 2nd youngest player (22) to be ranked #1 behind Tiger Woods (21) ever. Mcllroy shows a poise on the course that is rarely been seen in a 22-year-old. He takes calculated chances and doesn’t stray from his game plan. He is clutch. When I watch him I feel the same way I did watching Woods in his prime. I just feel he will hit the shot. I am looking forward to watching him play at an elite level for years to come.
Tiger Woods showed us that he isn’t ready to fade away just yet. His final round 62 was his best ever and he did it with his putter. If Tiger can build some momentum and post some good finishes leading up to the Masters I think that his confidence will be back and we could see some great golf out of him. I want to see Tiger win. Not because I am a Tiger fan but because it is what’s best for the sport. When Tiger is up front ratings, revenue and media attention grow. Those are all great things for golf.
World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Miami, FL
2011 Winner: Nick Watney