Monday, March 11, 2013
IMPRESSIVE TIGER WOODS WINS 17TH WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
Tiger Woods wrapped up a dominant win at the World Golf Championships tournament at Doral with a two-shot victory over Steve Stricker.
It has taken five long years but in totally overpowering the Blue Monster course Woods completed not only his most impressive victory since all that business following the fire hydrant, he also confirmed he is now back to his awesome best.
It was the second win of 2013 for Woods and moved him closer to Rory McIlroy's number one spot in the world rankings.
McIlroy made up eight strokes on the final day to finish joint eighth
The eventual margin of victory might have been just two shots but that was only through two bogeys in his last three holes with the title won, as the 37-year-old American closed with a 71 to cruise to his 17th world golf championship title.
To put that phenomenal figure in perspective, the next best total amassed by any of his fellow competitors since this elite series of events began in 1999 is two. It was victory number 76 on the PGA Tour.
"I played well this week," said Woods, who carded a one-over-par round of 72 to finish on 19 under.
"It was one of those weeks where I felt pretty good about how I was playing."
McDowell went into the final round as Woods's closest rival four shots behind but a messy day saw his challenge fade.
The world number 19 mixed four birdies with two bogeys but a double bogey on the 18th saw him drop back to a share of third on 14 under.
"I did everything I had to do but I wasn't putting with the same authority as I was earlier in the week," McDowell explained.
"The way Tiger was playing I was always in chase mode and trying to hole putts too much and trying to make it happen. He was always going to be a tough guy to catch."