Why Tiger Woods Is Roaring on the Golf Course Again
Because when these legends are around, Tiger raises his game. On Sunday, Woods won the Memorial, hosted by Jack Nicklaus in Dublin, Ohio, in thrilling fashion: he birdied three of the last four holes to erase a two-shot deficit. It was Woods’ 73rd PGA title, tying him with Nicklaus for second-most in golf history (Sam Snead won 82). Woods’ fifth Memorial title was also his second of the year. In March, he won Palmer’s tournament, Bay Hill, for a seventh time.
After Bay Hill, many golf experts picked Woods to win the Masters, which was played a few weeks later. Woods finished tied for 41st at Augusta, with his worst four-round score as a pro. Once again, Woods has looked sharp before a major: the U.S. Open tees off on June 14th, at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. But this win seems more telling, because Tiger got some of that old swagger back.
We hadn’t seen it in awhile: Woods hitting an amazing shot, then pumping his fist, shouting, roaring. Remember when such emotion was a regular occurrence? On the par-3 16th hole on Sunday, Woods hit a shot for the ages: chipping out of deep rough behind the green onto a downhill slope with a water hazard looming on the other side, Woods made a 50-footer that shook the Muriel Village Golf Club. Tiger celebrated in vintage fashion, letting it all out.
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