“I am very excited about it.” Tiger Woods said Monday to reporters while trying to describe the state of his game.
And what about it is there not to be excited for?
After Woods was eliminated last Friday for an illegal drop, he did not protest. He did not pout or become angry. He reportedly looked at the rules official, and said “OK, if that’s your call.” Woods was not after the Abu Dhabi championship. He wanted to play well, get his game in order and address needed areas to move forward He accomplished that with flying colors, and proved it throughout the long weekend that he has his game completely back on track.
When it comes down to it, Woods had the tournament won after round two. He was two strokes (-11) ahead of the closest competition, and it was pretty clear to every observer that he was going to run away with the thing. The pause Saturday for rain/fog was concerning, but his third round was good enough. Though his 69 was much rougher than his previous day of 65, and worst than his original day of 68, the rest of the competition shot low 70′s. He advanced his lead and made Sunday/Monday into a victory parade.
And though some will say that he lost focus Monday, as he shot multiple bogeys and doubles, in the long run why wouldn’t he have?
The tournament was over. There was no way he was going to lose the lead. Of course we all wanted him to break -20, but we should not be angry that he didn’t. Monday was basically a practice round for him, and he played like it. He could be seen smiling throughout the final round.
What does this mean to the future of Tiger Woods? Should people jump on his bandwagon so quickly? I think that it would be a safe ride. Though you may not win a major, only because those things are tough to win regardless if you are Tiger Woods or not, you are still going to see good golf played on a weekly basis.
Of course, you still could see a couple more majors as well.