If I played on the PGA Tour I would be very worried about what I saw yesterday because old Tiger is back. On Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tiger Woods did what he has done 37 times earlier. He came into the last round of a PGA tournament with the lead and he finished it off. In the record books 50 years from now Tiger’s 72nd win on the tour will not look special at all. It will just blend into the history of the greatest golfer most of us have ever seen. But today this win means something. It means the nearly 3 year-long off round for Woods is over. Whatever the reason for the slump was be it personal problems, injuries or his swing left him doesn’t matter anymore. What matters today is that Tiger is back.
Tiger hit his driver pretty clean this week and when he had a miss-hit he was still in decent shape minus the driver he hit on Saturday 15 that went OB by 100 yards. If you didn’t watch the tournament you may not know that the scream heard in the background during that swing was of a woman at the concession stand whose son passed out. Tiger seemed upset but quickly got over the incident. But the key to Tiger’s victory was his excellent iron play that is evident by him leading the tournament in GIR (greens in regulation). His iron play put him in position to have short puts and go for birdies instead on settling for pars. He also played the par 5’s a staggering 11-under par. I was impressed with Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter who both played well. Both have not been playing to good of late and it was good to see them on the leaderboard.
Ernie Els looked good this weekend but he just didn’t have enough to get into the top 50 of the World Golf Rankings to guarantee a spot in next months Masters. Ernie is going into next weeks Houston Open needing a win to qualify for this year’s Masters. Good luck Ernie.
Redstone GC- The Tournament Course
Last Years Winner: Phil Mickelson