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Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:53 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 5:00 pm
 
Tiger Woods swings in the final round of the Honda Classic. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

There is golf, and then there is golf that involves Tiger Woods. On Sunday at the Honda Classic, it seemed we’d get the first one, a big golf tournament with a super talented field and the guy trying to take away what is Tiger’s and run with it. People were excited. The week had been great. It was Rory McIlroy’s chance to shine. 

But a funny thing happened internally for Tiger Woods. He decided to be competitive again. And no, I’m not suggesting that Tiger hasn’t wanted to win or hasn’t wanted to get better and hasn’t wanted to be the golfer he once was. His closing finish on Friday showed us that he is still a fiery guy who hates losing and wants to pull off every shot possible, no matter the circumstances.

But after his remarks about McIlroy on Saturday and his Ben Crenshaw-esque reminder that “you never know” when asked about his chances on Sunday, it seemed that something was bothering Tiger and it was time to change it. 

Let us be clear here; one round isn’t going to remake a career. The final round 62 Tiger posted on Sunday was absolutely remarkable for a number of reasons, but it really just reminded us that Tiger Golf, the events that have him in the mix, just feel different. He’s a needle-mover if there has ever been one in professional sports, and when a guy like that goes on a tear like he did at the Champions Course it forces everyone to drop what they’re doing and just stare in awe. My dad called me after Tiger’s putt dropped for eagle on 18, resulting in a double fist-pump by Woods that, frankly, has been missed by golf fans. My sister sent me a text message. I saw messages on Twitter from sports writers that I didn’t even know could spell “golf” before Sunday. 

Tiger Golf is special. It’s fun. It’s energizing. And to think, he did all this with the New Tiger, Mr. McIlroy, in total control of the tournament? Incredible. 

A lot of things happened on Sunday that were different. Tiger started a round and finished it. He made the putts he needed to make, and they weren’t just curling in putts, they were slammed in the back of the hole. He got excited. He was in the round. He was as focused as I’d seen him in ages. 

No, this 62 won’t mean much in a few months if he doesn’t win. Rory is in charge and it will be a special moment in golf for the boy wonder to land the official ranking that we’ve all been unofficially giving him for a couple of years. 

But the fact that it happened was as important to the game as one round could be. Tiger Woods played 18 holes like we all know he can, and it ended in (and I haven’t been able to use this phrase in a long time) typical Tiger fashion. 

Great stuff, Mr. Woods. Great stuff.

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Comments

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:08 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Puh-leeze.

  Honestly?



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:42 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Nice round by Tiger, especially the last two holes....that shot on the 18th to within 8 feet of the hole...what a shot....

Hats off to Rory for keeping his cool on the final holes...well done.....

Tiger makes Golf exciting and no matter what you all haters say, Tiger played a heck of a round of golf today.....



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:37 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Isn't it delightful.  Gimmie is Captain Flat Ears . the Hoormaster has the best round in years. And Gimmie is licking the plaque off Woods molars via his arsehole.

  Gimmie, I'm due a colonoscopy  in 3 weeks.  You are such an arselicker I could  get you to have look for me.

You are a spineless creep



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:22 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

That comment, Lanny, is even more ridiculous than the one that precipitated it. Unless it was in jest. In which case I would say well done. Sarcasm doesnt always come through on the typed word



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

LannyH: Take your meds every day.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

The haters keep on about "it's just one round", but in fact if you look back on many of his 71 wins, Woods rarely had anything going until Saturday. He'd usually be 28th or 37nd on a Friday afternoon. Most of his wins are accomplished with two good rounds, and today we saw that he's finally solved his putting problems. One good round, on a difficult course he hasn't played since 1993, and finishes tied for second. Not too shabby. I pick him to win next week.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:01 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Ricky Bobby said, "If you ain't first, then you're just the first loser". On this weekend, Rory was first, and is first. Everyone else can decide where they rank as losers.



Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:07 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Phenomenal round by Tiger. It would be nice to see him play a great round when he is in the final pairing or in contention. Until I see that, there is no way I will ever proclaim that he is back. Everybody needs to be honest with themselves and realize there is probably a 1% chance Tiger comes close to be as dominant as he once was. 



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:52 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

LannyH, just so you know, your comments are sufficient to obtain a search warrant requiring your carrier to divulge your identity. Should Mr. Woods wish to do so--or should Elin wish to do so on behalf of her children--you would almost certainly find yourself sans hovel, selling yourself to broken down old gentlemen of the homosexual persuasion. FYI



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:46 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Hippiebob wrote: "How many of Weeds Balls were kicked onto the fairway from the rough or out of bounds. That is typical when he 'Plays well". They move boulders for him. Whenever he hits one in the trees or out of bounds TV cameras don't  follow it, but lo & behold when he walks up the fairway there it is in the short rough or on the fairway. Must be another "Lucky Bounce"  Mr Stinky is a Cheat."

Hippiebob, living proof that there IS indeed such a thing as too much of a good thing. Put away the bong, take a much needed bath, and put away the Grateful Dead posters, bob. Time for grandpa to have his nap.




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