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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 19, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:20 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

RORY IS THE STORY.



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:30 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Go Tiger!!! Be consistent on all 4 rounds. And like you said it, the rest will take care of itself. For those of you guys who wish to crown the next TWs, stop day dreaming!!! There will be only one TWs. What electrifiying game!!! Where have you been all these two crap years?



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:28 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Shane

One round isn't going to "remake" a career?

What career are we talking about "remaking"


You are a moron if you think Tiger's career is in need of "remaking"

He's healthy now, that makes all the difference in the world for an athlete.


I think Tiger's career is just fine.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Tiger Woods reminds us he's still here

Great round by TW, and compelling golf.  Finally made some putts that meant something.  But...it's still only one round.  He needs to show that he can do it over four rounds before we can draw the conclusion that "Tiger is back".  We've seen single great rounds a number of times in the last year that got everyone excited, but he didn't follow it up with anything.  Rory will win the Honda (-12 thru 17 as I post), so we have to wait until Tiger's next appearance to see if he can put another W on his resume.  Tiger being in contention is fun, though, whether you root for him or against him.


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