No, that isn’t a baseball or basketball statistic we are talking about. Tiger Woods has won… the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational… again… for the third time in a row … twice.
Ok, got a little tongue tied saying that. Let’s just do the math on this again. 3 x 2 = 6. Yep, 6 wins at Bridgestone for Tiger Woods. Sam Snead is the only other player in history to have won a single event more times than 6, and that was the Greater Greensboro Open 8 times. Oh, and that was over a span of 40 years. This is Tiger’s 10th year on tour.
Tiger has been struggling with his putter as of late, but this entire event he has kept himself within earshot of the lead, even sharing it on Saturday until a bogey on the 18th hole. Down 1 shot Sunday to Rory Sabbatini, he rallied off 4 birdies in his first 6 holes, making us believe again that Tiger CAN come out explosive and push that dagger slowly into the heart of his playing competitors.
By the end of the round, Tiger had finished off a smooth bogey free 65 which included a clutch chip in par on hole 9 and a locked in 8 footer for par on the 18th. Oh, and he also won the event by 8 strokes, bringing back again memories of his ferocious dominating performances in late 2000 and 2001. It should also be noted that Tiger was the ONLY player to finish under par in this event, 8 Under par.
One should be aware, as Rory Sabbatini does, that poking comments at Tiger and his performance never works well. Tiger has a great history of making his competitors eat their own words by knocking some sense into them on the golf course, as Tiger proved again to Rory today.
Tiger has kept himself in the FedEx Point lead with 4,725 and continues leading the money list with $1.35 million. This is a HUGE victory for Tiger with the PGA Championship beginning next Thursday. Not just with his swing and short game, but simply running away with a victory by so many shots.
Next Week, The PGA Championship at Southern Hills, where as always Tiger Woods (the defending champion) will be the man to beat.