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Woods fully primed now to win majors

May 13th, 2013 · No Comments

After capturing The PLAYERS, Tiger Woods has now done everything on his comeback BUT win a major.

His other three wins this year were impressive – any win is – but they came on his pet tracks in regular PGA Tour events at Torrey Pines, Doral, and Bay Hill, courses that are perfectly suited to his game.

The TPC at Sawgrass is different. After winning here in 2001, he failed to contend for a dozen years before this year’s victory. Now, armed with his Sean Foley swing, Woods dissected the course like course management wizard Jack Nicklaus would have in his prime. Indeed, it was like watching a master play pool – don’t try to impress the onlookers with big draw shots or banks (tee shots). Instead, he controlled his golf ball like Willie Mosconi controlled his cue ball, always placing it in the ideal position for the next shot.

His stats confirmed his excellent strategy and ballstriking as he was 3t in GIR at 77.4% and he ranked 19t in fairways hit with 67.9%. He putted very well, something that the new stat, Stroke Gained, failed to show (Tiger ranked 38th in this bogus stat which penalizes those who ranked high in GIR).

More importantly, Woods played superbly down the stretch, playing the last four in one under par with clutch play on each hole: 15 – he made a key 5 foot par saver; 16 – he stiffed a long sand shot for a tap in birdie; 17 – he rolled a long lag putt over a big slope and down a steep hill to within a foot; 18 – he save his best for last, curving the ball long and straight from right to left with water on the left, setting up an easy 9-iron to the green!

In winning, Woods captured the fifth most important tournament of the year with a solid game and clutch play on a course that is not well suited to his game – well, perhaps not to previous models.

Indeed, by winning at TPC Sawgrass, Woods showed that he now has the game and the heart to win anywhere. And, given that he has won three of his last four starts, and might have won all four if not for that bank shot off the flag at the Masters, you would have to consider it a fluke if he doesn’t win at least one of the final three majors and resume his chase for Nicklaus’ record.

If he doesn’t capture at least one of the three, then Woods will have to question his ability to win the big ones, and his quest could very well be over.

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