Does this mean Tiger is back, or does he just have some new hoes??
A win is a win is a win. And when it is the first win since 2009, it hardly matters that it is unofficial.
So, when Tiger Woods drained a 10-foot putt on the final hole to win the Chevron World Challenge on Sunday, the emotion and the fist pump were just as grand as they were in his 82 other worldwide victories. It wasn’t a major. It just felt like one.
“It just feels awesome whatever it is,” Woods said after rallying with two closing birdies for a one-shot victory over Zach Johnson in Thousand Oaks, Calif. “Kind of hard for me to elaborate beyond that. I know it’s been a while, but also for some reason it feels like it hasn’t.”
Maybe to Woods. But the golf world has been waiting for this moment since he crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant on Thanksgiving night two years ago, setting loose a gusher of tabloid turmoil that ruined his marriage and turned his once-incomparable golf game into mediocore at best. Injuries followed, and the winless streak had reached 26 straight tournaments since he captured the 2009 Australian Masters.
The title, Woods’ fifth in the tournament he hosts for his foundation, isn’t official. But it does mean he’s back, considering his strong showing at the Presidents Cup. After all, he closed 2010 in similar fashion with a great Ryder Cup and a playoff loss at the Chevron. We won’t know for sure until the 2012 season. But until then, he can savor this one.
Hoes or no hoes, we’re glad to see Tiger back winning again.