Tiger tamed Trump’s Blue Monster
Tiger tamed Trump’s Blue Monster
By Malachi Knowles, Publisher, Golfforeanyone.com
DORAL, FL — Eldrick “Tiger” Woods, returned to the $8.75 million dollar World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship March 7-10, 2013 played on the TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral Golf Club and Resort with a vengeance! Wood’s win was his 17th in a World Golf Championship event. He posted a total score of 269 (19 under par) to win his 2nd PGA Tour Title in 2013; take home the winning trophy; 550 FedExCup Points and $1,500,000.00.
Ironically, Tiger had a career-best 100 putts this week after receiving a putting lesson earlier in the week from his Tour friend Steve Stricker who finished two shots behind him in second place with a total score of 271 (17 under par).
Stricker was asked after his final round: “What’s it like being three or four behind Tiger Woods when he’s (Tiger) on top of his game? “You don’t have a lot of ‑‑ what’s the right word ‑‑ belief that he’s going to come back to the field I guess. I’m sure there’s a better word. But you’ve still got to go out and try to do your best and reel off some birdies and try to get as close as you can, but you’re not giving up by any stretch of the imagination. He’s been so solid with 54‑hole leads over his career that you just don’t think he’s going to come back. And he didn’t again.”
Tiger stated during his winning interview that: “it feels good; especially to play that well this entire week because they are the World Golf Championships and they have the best players in the field, on a difficult setup. The greens got really quick out there today. And if you left the ball in the correct spot though, you could be pretty aggressive and you could shoot a good number.” “I was able to flush the ball again.” Woods said. “That helps, especially when you’re putting on grainy greens.” He was also asked: “Last year, you couldn’t finish a final round and today you finish off the field; is the difference purely being healthy or is there something else that’s in play?” He responded: “it’s nice to be healthy. I was struggling there for a while, and it was nice to recover, and last year I won the very next event at Bay Hill. I pushed myself through some interesting little injuries and knickknack things over the years, and sometimes it’s been good and sometimes it’s been bad.”
Playing partner Graeme McDowell 274 (T-3, 14 under par) said “In this wind the last couple days, his (Tiger) ball flight control is pretty stunning, really, the way he flights his irons around. It’s pretty cool to watch. I thought his short game and putting the last couple days was very impressive. He cleaned up everything he had to clean up pretty much. It was good stuff. “
Among the thousands of spectators were: African American Golfers Hall of Fame members Richard “Jelly” Hansberry, Vice President, PGA Tour Caddies Association; Don Butler, Vice President, Cadillac Marketing, Detroit, MI; James Garvin, Chairman, African American Youth & Collegiate Golfers Hall of Fame, Upper Marlboro, MD; Pete McDaniel, Pete McD Enterprises, Conyers, GA; Stanley A. Wilson, Youth Golf Advisor, Inner City Youth Golfers’, Inc. (ICYG)/BLCCAGP and Clewis Wright, Jr., Director of Golf, ICYG, Inc.; Clyde J. Mayhan, Jr., President, Mayhan Enterprizes; Scott Kleier, Director of Food Services, Baptist Hospital Miami; Hemal & Sanjay Parag, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, West Palm Beach, FL; Dr. Leonard Small, WTLD FM Radio, Savanah, GA who congratulated Woods on his outstanding victory – “his 76th career PGA TOUR victory at the age of 37 years, 2 months and 10 days in his 297th (283rd professional) career start on TOUR.”
Can you imagine that Eldrick “Tiger” Woods is only seven tournament wins from breaking the “ALL-Time PGA Tour Record” of the late, great Sam Snead?
Photos by: Esmeralda H. Knowles, Golforeanyone.com Photographer.