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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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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:46 pm

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Hippiebob, great comment.  I saw that several times today.  I saw one ball clearly splash, then "magically" bounce onto the green -- from the direction of the gallery!

Also, a big deal was made about Woods' kids being at the course to "cheer for Dad."  How come they were always out in the rough to the side of the fairways?  And their shoes had enough scuff marks on them to kick a golf ball to Canada.

One of Woods stray shots yesterday "hit a spectator in the head."  Yeah, hit him in the head like a corner kick hits the head of a Man Utd forward.

Thanks for pointing this out.  You can be sure the media won't say a word. 

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:43 pm

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

ONE round?  Dude, Tiger was RUNNER UP for the tourney.  One sterling round out of four doesn't get you second-place cash.  Don't be an idiot.  Or at least TRY.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:35 pm

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Top Shelf, when Daly or Mickelson has a great round, there is always the stuff of genius in it. There was none of that in Tiger's round today. He does not need genius either to shoot a great round or to win. When he has genius, he will beat the field by a dozen strokes, coasting, after falling seven strokes off the pace on the first day, as he did that first time at Augusta.

Those who've seen it firsthand know it, although some have forgotten it. (Some, truth be told, wish it were never so. I shan't go into their motives, but I'm sure they're obvious to anyone who reads enough of the comments about him that people choose to use to reveal their personal shortcomings.)

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:34 pm

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

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

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:27 pm

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

bobthe fa n, the difference is that this time HE was different, as of old. He found his greatness today and recognized himself in it. I saw it the first time that I laid eyes on him as an adult, at his second U.S. Amateur victory. Saturday, waiting on 14 fairway to hit a green; five full minutes he stood there and willed himself to make that shot. Every line of his body bespoke his concentration, his intent,and more important, his purpose, his will.

That is what truly came back to him today. He remembers again who he is.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:19 pm

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

LannyH wrote: "RORY IS THE STORY."

Poor FanBoy. FanBoy, He is created Shiva, the Night Tiger, Destroyer of Worlds!

Today, for the first time in a long time, he gathered those winds about himself, took them inside, still swirling; gathered their power for his own purposes.

Be afraid; be very afraid, FanBoy. It's your world he's gunning for now, make no mistake.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:57 pm

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Friggin' Tiger haters. He shoots a 62 and he's compared to John Daly and/or it's "only one good round". Jackhole poster on another recent story said he "was no longer a good golfer". After his next win it'll be "it's only one tournament" or "big deal, it's not a major". When he wins his next major it'll be "he's still not going to catch Jack". Just keep hatin'.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:24 pm

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Is someone actually comparing Tiger Woods to John Daly and Davis Love III?  Puh-leeze.  Tiger has four times as many majors as both of them put together, and probably three times as many overall victories.  Funny how Tiger-haters who apply "logic" to their arguments come off sounding even more ludicrous than those who just slag him and get it over with.

Tiger Woods is very close to being back.  One good round can be just one good round, or it can be part of a natural progression.  Tiger's fourth round was a part of his natural progression back toward the top of his sport.   

It's funny that the media has wanted a US player to step up and be an actual rival to Tiger for years, but never got one.  Now, if Tiger is truly back, it will mean that the media finally has their "rival" for Tiger, but that he is from Ireland and not the US.  

This could produce a giant quandry for US fans who hate Tiger Woods.  Which side do they choose?  Racism or patiotism?  Do they want to cheer against the best player in the US because he has "too much" skin pigment, or do they want to cheer for a US player to help the US get some of their reputation in the golf world back?

Either way, Tiger-haters, I am laughing at you. 

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:18 pm

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Can't believe people don't understand how impressive this 62 is, especially on a Sunday.  I wouldn't be surprised if this shoots Tiger back closer to his former self, before everyone jump down his throat for doing something most men and women do, especially in America.  I hope he comes back and shoves his putter up all you hypocrites asses. 

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:43 pm

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

One round tells me nothing.  John Daly has a round now and then.  And how about Love on thursday, one round to remind us of yesteryear.  The Golfers who were great, every now and then will do something that reminds us of yesteryear.  And yes it is yesteryear for Tiger.  Tom Watson stopped being a consistant winner at 35.  So did Jack.  The time is now for Rory and a few others of the under thirty group.  Sorry Tiger i'm not hating just stating History.

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