Tiger Gap

Tiger Gap

The Chevron World Challenge marked Tiger Wood’s first and only victory in the last 2 plus years.  To be exact, it had been 749 days since his last victory.  That’s quite a drought to endure for the best golfer this planet has ever seen.  Some people thought he would never win again, but it was really just a matter of time.  This win moved Tiger up to 21st in the World Golf Rankings, pushing him that much closer to being an automatic Ryder Cup pick.  With the Ryder Cup being played in Chicago at Medinah Country Club in 2012, I’m starting to get excited.

Sunday’s round pitted two former Masters champions against each other, Tiger Woods and Zach Johnson.  Johnson holed out for an eagle ending Saturday’s round, putting him one shot ahead of Woods going into Sunday.  All eyes were on the Woods/Johnson pairing, as they were the last group to tee off.

The two played great golf in the last round, putting on a display for all in attendance.  With the lead changing hands all day long, everyone knew it would come down to the last few holes.   Coming into the 17th, Tiger Woods again found himself one shot back from Johnson, who sank a 12 footer for birdie on 16 to take the lead.  They both found themselves with birdie putts on 17, Zach barely missing his roll.  Tiger poured in his birdie putt to tie Johnson going into the 18th and final hole.  On the 18th green, both champions had short birdie putts to finish their rounds.  Johnson again missed his birdie chance, leaving his fate in Tiger’s hands.

The entire crowd went silent as Woods looked over his final putt.   749 days of tension, questioning, and doubt all came crashing down as Tiger drained his birdie putt to win the Chevron World Challenge.  Like the days of old, the crowd let out a “Tiger Roar” as Woods rolled in his putt, followed by a fist pump.

 

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