Tiger Woods stopped all naysayers — at least for a few more weeks — as he dominated the field this week to beat Graeme McDowell on Sunday by 5 strokes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Sunday.
This win is Tiger’s first official PGA win since September 13 2009, 923 days, since the BMW Championship. His 72nd win of his career and his 7th win at Bay Hill. Two of his Master’s wins have come after wins at Bay Hill. A great thought as the Masters at Augusta National is only a few weeks away. He is now 6th in the world rankings after this win.
For this week at Bay Hill, Tiger began the final day with a 1-shot lead over McDowell, his closest competition for the day. He slowly started to pi away throughout Sunday, finishing at 2-under par and shooting a par 70. He also led the field with 20 birdies and hit 12 of his 16 on Sunday. The purse for the event is $6 Million. Here is a quote from Tiger after the win:
“It does feel good. It feels really good,” Woods said before signing his card. “It’s been a lot of hard work… I am excited, no doubt…I’m looking forward to the momentum I’ve built here.”
With the Masters coming up in April and everyone waiting on the resurgence of the worlds’ best golfer, Tiger seems to finally becoming comfortable with his new roll in golf. He’s not an elder statesmen, but he is not the young phenom he was almost 15 yeara ago, especially after changing his swing four times. Prized with perhaps a new drive and motivation to get back on top, Tiger must continue to refocus himself to get back on top.
Information used in this article from ESPN and USA Today.
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