In a world where sports are a hot topic with the Miami Heat chasing a second championship, Jimmie Johnson winning one million dollars in the Sprint Cup Series All Star race, baseball season underway, and NFL pre-season underway; the once dominant and unstoppable Tiger Woods continues to dominate and create uproars at his every step. With his last and most current win at The PLAYERS Championship, he sits at the number one ranking in the world by more than three points; the largest lead.
Saturday’s round at The PLAYERS Championship caused much controversy. Woods was paired with long time “rival”, Sergio Garcia. The two have only played with each other 19 times previously. But the stories behind the two go much deeper than those 19 rounds. At the 2008 PLAYERS Championship, Garcia hoisted the trophy posting a six under round and defeating fellow competitors Paul Goydos and Kenny Perry by two shots. In Sergios press conference after his win, he alluded to the fact that Tiger was not playing that weekend due to his knee surgery. Garcia said in quote “I’m just glad Tiger’s not here”. The next tournament the two were in, Woods won.
On the second hole Saturday, a reachable par five for most players, Garcia hit his drive to the right side of the fairway while Tiger was well left of the fairway in the pine straw. Garcia lined up and addressed the ball. While in the meantime, Woods was confirming that he was out and had the right away to play first. Woods got the signal that he was good triggering him to pull a club out of the bag. Once the crowd saw that Woods was going for the green and pulled out a fairway wood, the crowd clapped and hollered in excitement. The crowd uproar was in the middle of Garcia’s swing. Garcia’s ball ended up well right and short of the green in the trees. Woods went on to birdie the hole while Garcia bogeyed.
Woods and Garcia were not paired together in the final round. Woods was paired with Casey Wittenberg in the group ahead of Garcia, who was in the final grouping. On the 14th hole, Tiger put his ball well into water out of bounds. He decided to drop the his ball at the point of entry. Leaving a bad uphill lie between the bunker and the water. Woods hit his 3rd shot just short of the green. At this time Woods already had the two shot lead, after the double bogey he received on the 14th, he was back to tied for the lead with three other players including Sergio
Garcia. Woods went on to make an incredible par save on 15 and left a short tap-in birdie on 16 left after a fantastic bunker save.
But the round wasn’t over. After the birdie on 16, Woods made par on the last two holes. Garcia put 2 in the water on infamous par 3 island green 17th and made 7. On the following hole (18), Garcia’s tee shot went in the water. Taking him more out of contention. This resulted in Tiger having a safe lead. Woods went on to win The PLAYERS Championship for his second time by two shots. It marked Woods’ 4th win of the season heading into the Memorial Tournament this upcoming weekend; a tournament which he will be defending with a win at “Jack’s Place”, last year.