Tiger wins his first PGA tour event since 2009, and what a great performance it was.
He wins Bayhill by five strokes and it was his seventh win at the Bayhill tournament and 72nd tour victory, one behind Nicklaus, and is know up to sixth in the world rankings.
He is ten wins behind all time PGA tour winner Sam Snead.
All time PGA tour winners. Snead 82 Nicklaus 73 Woods 72 Hogan 64
It has been well chronicled all the problems he has gone through and I am not going to go over these again, but it was very entertaining watching Tiger, McDowell, Els, Poulter, all in with a chance of winning on the sunday at Bayhill.
Tigers performance was very impressive, his driving is so much better, he is now in position more often to attack the pins, and crucially he has so much more confidence in his ability to hit fairways,he is also hitting the ball further than he was a few years ago, mainly due to feeling healthy and able to practice more often and for longer.
I was amazed how many so called golfing experts were so quick to dismiss Tiger Woods as a winner of tournaments and majors. Only a few weeks ago at Pebble Beach when he played the last round with Phil Mickleson, who played incredibly well and won, experts were saying he has lost his putting, his wedges were poor, he had no control of his distances, mentally he was scarred, he should get his money back from Sean Foley!
How well is Phil Mickleson playing over the last few events!
At Pebble Beach Phil played great, Tiger played poorly, end of story, its not a determining factor about their future career is it ?
Sean Foley has had Hunter Mahan win, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods win in the last few weeks, he must be due some credit.
How many people were so quick off the mark to dismiss possibly the greatest golfer ever, yes that is debatable I know, Nicklaus has won 18 majors Tiger 14, but Tiger is way ahead of every other player apart from Jack Nicklaus in the hunt for Majors, ahead of Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Watson, Player, Palmer, etc.
Its like well now we know what Tiger is really like, and when he plays poorly its slag him off time, which I believe is wrong.
We should respect the golfing achievements of Tiger Woods, which are amazing, 72 tour wins now,14 Major wins, how many more majors who knows, I don’t, and neither does Tiger Woods.
You do not get to this level of performance by being a regular guy, you have supreme talent of course, you have a burning desire to push yourself, to win, you love the competition, you play better under the pressure, you want to be the best ever, you believe you are, you must believe that, you will do whatever it takes to achieve that level of performance you desire, you push yourself in the gym, of course you do , but you have just spent your whole life pushing yourself, striving to get to that place you hold in your mind, your dream, your goal.
And then everyone wants you to be a regular guy, who is perfect in every situation, in front of the camera, in the press, Mr Perfect in every way.
Dream on! We did believe didn’t we, that here was a perfect person on and off the golf course, the PR dream, then everything changed.
But when all is said and done, for me golf is a better place with having a legend which isTiger Woods playing great golf, with all the up and coming young lions chasing him hard, and with the US Masters coming soon we should be in for one hell of a tournament.Golf tournaments are always better when the Tiger is playing his best, and you know what, I am sure the players want to test themselves against the very very best .
Enjoy the 2012 US Masters, the first major of the year, it could be very special!
David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional
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