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Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tiger Triumphs

Tiger Woods triumphed at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, on Monday. The win equalled Sam Snead’s record for winning the same tournament eight times, it also took Tiger to the top of the FedExCup standings, not to mention elevating him back to World number one.

 

The eighth wonder

Tiger Woods with Arnold Palmer / Cannon / Getty Images

Tiger strolled round the course, with a final round of -2 under par 70, and a tournament total of  -13 under par, giving him a two shot win over Justin Rose. It has been a long time since Tiger was last World number one, actually it was late October 2010. When the collapse came it was pretty devastating, he fell as low as 58th in the world rankings before making his remarkable recovery.

Tiger said it was all down to hard work;

“It’s a byproduct of hard work, patience and getting back to winning golf tournaments.”

Arnold thinks Tiger’s record will stand for a long time;

“I don’t really see anybody touching it for a long time. I had the opportunity to win a tournament five times, and I knew how difficult that was.”

Justin Rose also finished with a last round of -2 under par 70, securing him second place alone. Not what Justin would have had in mind when he was leading the tournament by two shots before his uncharacteristic melt down at the end of the third round.

Rickie Fowler had to settle for a +1 over par 73 and a tie for third place with Mark Wilson (71), Keegan Bradley (71) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (72).

Congratulations to Tiger, it will be interesting to see if the other players on tour can mount any sort of challenge to Tiger’s dominance.

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Tiger Trounces the Course. Justin suffers the Jitters.

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Tiger Woods trounced the Bay Hill course in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, shooting a third round -6 under par, 66. Meanwhile Justin Rose, who seemed to be cruising with a two shot lead, suddenly suffered a severe case of the jitters.

Can he be stopped?

Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler / Greenwood / Getty Images

Tiger putted like a champion today, it helped him to his -6 under par round and a tournament total of -11 under par, a lead of two shots over the field. The man looking most likely to mount a serious challenge to Tiger is Rickie Fowler, no slouch himself today, with a third round of -5 under par, which elevated him to -9 under par and in a tie for second place. He will also play with Tiger for the final round, something that he could not handle last year when he faced the same task. He shot a last round 84 that day, compared to the winner Tiger Woods, who came home in 67.

Tiger said he now knows how to fix his game while out on the course;

” I just understand how to fix my game, it’s taken me a while. I was hurt for a long time. The changes to make the swing from where I was to now is a pretty big change.I hit a bad shot here and there, and that’s easy to fix. I know what my fix is going to be and that makes a big difference. I’m much more comfortable, but also I think that I’m feeling pretty good physically, that was huge. I’ve had one more year of working on my game, and here I am. Just because I’ve won here doesn’t ensure that I’m going to win the tournament, the conditions are different. The game might be different. But the objective is still to put myself in position to win the golf tournament and somehow get it done on Sunday. Over the course of my career, I’ve done a pretty decent job of that.”

Rickie remembers that bad day at Memorial;

” After Memorial, I’m looking for a little redemption, I’m feeling good about the pairing, about my game. I’m going in there with the attitude that I have nothing to lose and we’ll see what happens from there. He’s definitely the guy to beat but I’ll be right there to see what’s going on. With him having leads on courses he loves like this and Torrey Pines and Doral, and I’m sure there are others, he’s basically never lost with a lead in the final round. So I’m looking forward to tomorrow and seeing if we can go do that.”

Tied in second place with Rickie are jittery Justin Rose and John Huh, Justin with an even par round and John a -1 under par round.

There are five players another shot back at -8 under par for the tournament, they are; Thorbjorn Olesen, Gonzalo Fedez- Castano, Jimmy Walker, Ken Duke and Bill Haas.

To be honest I can not see anybody challenging Tiger for this title, it is his for the taking. Winning would move him to the top of FedExCup leaderboard, becoming the first player to hold the top spot in five different seasons. Additionally, he’d match Sam Snead as the only other player to win the same tournament eight times and of course he would move back to No. 1 in the World, for the first time since Oct. 30, 2010.

Nobody is going to stop Tiger.

AT&T National @ Congressional, Tiger Woods Wins

   

That's number 74

Tiger Woods / Carr (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods became the first three-time US PGA Tour winner this season with this triumph in the AT&T National at Congressional County Club on Sunday in Bethesda Maryland. It is also tour win number 74 for Tiger, which has  moved him past Jack Nicklaus and  into second place on the Tour list, now just eight victories short of the current record set by Sam Snead. Sam won a record 82 PGA Tour events including seven Majors, his last win was 1965 at the Greater Greensboro Open.

Tiger and Bo were caught in a battle royal together on another sweltering day at Congressional, and it looked as though Woods wobbled first, until Van Pelt somehow managed to match him with mistakes of his own. Tiger closed with a -2 under 69 and won by two shots when Bo Van Pelt finished the last hole with his third straight bogey and had to settle for a 71. Looks like Bo eventually succumbed to the pressure of playing alongside Tiger, all he had to do was hit a regular six iron into the green and two putt for a birdie when Tiger had already wasted a shot just to get on the fairway at 16. Bo missed, and now the rest is history, the same history we have witnessed before, Tiger did not win so much as Bo failed to take the initiative when it was required. Tiger finished with a last round score of  -2 under par, 69, while Bo stumbled in with an even round and two shots behind Tiger at -6 under par.Tiger said in interview;

” What an incredible week. Everybody, thank you for being patient with us. Yesterday was a silent day. I think everyone saved up for today. What an atmosphere to play in front of. I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again. That was, I think, what, six months ago? I’ve been out here a long time, and I understand what it’s like to have to grind and fight because each shot means something. The first day, the first shot is just as important as the 72nd hole. They all count the same.”

Bo Van Pelt thinks Tiger is the best player in the world, so I guess mentally he was never going to beat him;

” No offense to any of those other guys, but he’s the only guy to win three tournaments on Tour this year. On three different golf courses, and he was leading the U.S. Open after two days. So I’d say that he’s playing the best golf in the world right now.”

Adam Scott finished in third place, with a last round of -4 under par and a tournament total of -5 under par.

The third member of the last group on course with Tiger and Bo, was Brendon de Jonge, who had a very bad day at the office. His last round of 77 saw him tumble down the leaderboard to finish tied in eleventh place, a real meltdown.

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