Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational by five shots over Graeme McDowell. Since Tiger fell from graces in 2009, many wondered if Tiger would ever be back to his previous form. These questions were amplified when Tiger withdrew from the Cadillac Championship two weeks ago. After two weeks off, many were surprised by Tiger’s performance over the past four days.
Today’s win is his seventh at Bay Hill and proof that Tiger is indeed back. Tiger will take a week off and will play in the Masters at Augusta April 5-8. Regardless of your opinion of Tiger, his success is important to the golf community as legions of fans tune in solely to watch Tiger play. I must say, I enjoyed watching golf on a Sunday afternoon!
After a two year drought, Tiger Woods has won the Chevron World Challenge in style. Woods went onto the 17th hole on Sunday one stroke behind American Zach Johnson. Woods birdied the 17th to tie with Johnson for a shootout on the 18th. Woods’s birdie and Johnson’s par on the 18th was enough for Tiger to claim the victory. Tiger’s win was not surprising as he had been near the top of the leader board the entire weekend.
In interviews throughout the weekend, Tiger expressed that he felt more prepared for this tournament than he had for any other in the last two years, and it showed. Tiger’s stats were not the most steller, but they were enough. He said he felt focused and that he was looking forward to a full schedule in 2012, and I think golf fans are as well.