One year ago, the title of my golf column was “Tiger Woods Almost Back.”
This year I am glad to write “Tiger Woods Is Back.”
He won the 2011 Chevron World Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousands Oaks, Calif, which concluded Sunday. It was his first win in more than two years.
Last year in the 2010 Chevron World Challenge, Tiger went into the final round with a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell but lost it in a playoff after an unbelievable performance of clutch shots by McDowell.
Tiger led the tournament until a devastating double bogie on the par 5 No. 16 hole dropped him one stroke behind McDowell. On the par 3, 17th hole, McDowell hit his tee shot in the jungle. He took a drop 100 yards back with a blind shot over a tree and hit it eight feet from the pin. He made the putt for an improbable bogie four which left him in a tie with Tiger.
On the par 4, No. 18 hole, Tiger hit his second shot two feet from the pin for a birdie but McDowell knocked in a 20 footer to tie him.
In the playoff that ensued on No. 18, McDowell again made an almost identical 20 footer and Tiger missed his 15 footer to lose the tournament.
This year, Tiger was not about to let that happen to him again.
He started the day one shot behind former Masters champion Zach Johnson and pulled into a tie with him. However Johnson rolled in a 15 footer on No. 16 to regain his one-shot lead. On No. 17 Tiger dropped a 15-foot putt for birdie to get even and then calmly negotiated a tricky down hill six-footer on No. 18 for the win.
It was Tiger’s first win since the Australian Masters on Nov. 15, 2009. It was also his 83 win worldwide and his fifth Chevron World Challenge Crown.
Tiger had that relaxed, confident look about him that he had when he was a world-beater so that may make for some interesting golf action in the year 2012.
Tiger, all I can say is, “You da man, again!”
What a weekend of sports action
I cannot recall a weekend ever with as many exciting football, basketball and golf events happening on the same time.
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First was the heart-stopping basketball game on Saturday between Kentucky and North Carolina. That fantastic block by Anthony Davis on the last shot of the game was one great defensive gem.
This Kentucky team is the best defensive team I have ever seen in Big Blue Country. There does not seem to be any quit in any of those young stars. In the past if any good team like North Carolina had made that many three pointers in a game we would have been on the losing end.
Hats off to a thrilling team to watch.
Sunday I watched two of my favorite football teams win squeakers that went right down to the final seconds.
The first game was the Denver Broncos win over the Minnesota Vikings. To watch my favorite quarterback Tim Tebow bring the Broncos back with two field goals in the final 93 seconds and beat the Vikings 35-32 was fantastic.
Tebow is 6-1 as a starter. He makes a lot of sports writers look like chumps that said he would never make it.
Keep it going, Tim.
The second game was the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants. I have been a Packer fan ever since I moved to Wisconsin in 1956.
To watch Aaron Rodgers bring Green Bay back down the field in the last 58 seconds and get that field goal for a 38-37 win was a captivating moment in football. It just doesn’t get any better than this.
The Packers are 12-0 this season and have won 18 straight games. They may be headed for a 16-0 perfect season.
Go, Packers, Go!
Next week will be my last golf column until the new season rolls around in 2012 and I have local golf action to report.
We think that comfort and luxury are the chief requirements in life, when all we really need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about — Richard Morehead.
Until next time ... live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.