Tiger’s back on top again for the seventh consecutive time on American soil. Though this time, it wasn’t from the beginning!
After starting day three several shots back, Tiger Woods proved he is the man (golf speaking) even when it comes to being behind going into the last day tied for 4th.
In a some what humorous article, this exchange is noted between Tiger, Charles Howell III, and reporters. Don’t you love this guy?!
“It’s just fun to be there,” Woods said. “That’s why you bust your butt as hard as you do in practice sessions to get yourself in that position. And when you do, I feel comfortable being there. I’ve been there enough times.”
So he didn’t sweat it when his tee shots went into fairway bunkers on hole Nos. 1, 5, 7 and 18.
He showed no fear when he needed to get up and down from greenside bunkers on 14 and 15, with playing partner Charles Howell III filling Woods’ rear-view mirror thanks to three birdies in four holes.
Woods all but clinched this thing on the 17th hole, when he hit a five-wood 300 yards down the middle of the fairway, then lifted a nine-iron 143 yards to within three feet of the cup for a birdie putt. That gave him a two-shot lead over Howell.
Howell’s on good enough terms with Woods to tease him that he should let someone else win for a change.
“He just sort of gives me that sheepish laugh,” Howell said. “Which means, ‘No.’ ”
Howell says he can’t even beat Woods during their friendly rounds at Isleworth Country Club in Florida.
In an informal session with reporters, someone wondered whether Woods would ever let Howell win. His tone grew temporarily icy.
“No,” Woods said. “Why?”
When it comes to winning golf tournaments, this is who Woods is. This is what he does.
At the end of the day, there were still talk of Tiger’s father and his influence on Tiger today. It’s simple I think to think that Tiger is still processing the loss of his father. After all, I think we’d all do the same.
But in a small line at the end of the article, there is a hint that Tiger too may be entering into Fatherhood? rumors? Conspiracy? Or just another way for a normal human being to leave his mark on the world in which we live? And maybe, a child, would be an even more lasting mark than all the trophies!