The Golf Blog: Tiger Woods wins Masters, 15th major, ending decade drought

mulligan, 14 April 2019, Comments Off on The Golf Blog: Tiger Woods wins Masters, 15th major, ending decade drought
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The Golf Blog says: On par 5 15th hole, Tiger Woods 2-putted for birdie to take the outright lead at -13, one better than Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, and Brooks Koepka. Meanwhile, on the same hole with Tiger, the leader for most of the day, Francesco Molinari hit his second double bogey, to end his chances for another major. Tiger then followed on the 16th hole with a shot ending up a foot from the hole for another birdie, to reach -14 and open a 2-shot lead. Tiger then parred 17. Brooks Koepka was 2 shots back and needed to birdie 18, but missed a 10-footer. Tiger then didn’t go for the green on the 18th, but appeared to lay up and play to chip on with his 3rd shot and make bogey at worst. Tiger pitched to about 20 feet and needed 2 putts to win his 15th major. No problem for Tiger! What a closer.

What an incredible comeback for Tiger Woods! The 11-year drought is over! Second oldest player to win the Masters at 43 years old, second only to Jack Nicklaus, who was 46 years old in 1986. Is Jack Nicklaus’s 18 majors back on the clock? Stay tuned.



The Golf Blog: Video highlights of Tiger Woods’ third round 67 at Masters

mulligan, 14 April 2019, Comments Off on The Golf Blog: Video highlights of Tiger Woods’ third round 67 at Masters
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The Golf Blog says: Tiger Woods is in prime position to win his 15th major. Can he close on Sunday? Francesco Molinari has played steady since last year!



Tiger Woods shoots 67, 2 shots behind leader Molinari at Masters

mulligan, 14 April 2019, Comments Off on Tiger Woods shoots 67, 2 shots behind leader Molinari at Masters
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The Golf Blog says: Tiger Woods had a vintage masterful performance on Saturday at the Masters to finish -11, only 2 shots behind leader Francesco Molinari.

Leaderboard after 3rd round
-13 Molinari
-11 Woods, Finau
-10 Koepka
-9 Simpson, Poulter,
-8 Kuchar, Harding, Schauffele, Oosthuizen, Johnson, D.
-7 Fowler, Scott

Tiger Woods hasn’t won at the Masters since 2005, and hasn’t won a major since 2008 (U.S. Open at Torrey Pines). Can Tiger close the deal today? Let’s remember that Tiger finished 2d place (behind Koepka at the PGA Championship) and 5th place at The Open Championship after momentarily capturing the lead on Sunday, the first time he held the lead on Sunday at a major in a decade.

Will this Sunday be different? Perhaps. Due to weather, the Masters is starting early in the morning, with split tees off 1 and 10 and threesomes. That means Tiger will be in the final group with Molinari and Finau. Tiger in the final group at a majors has worked well in the past, and so has this colarless red shirt at the Masters:



The Golf Blog: Tiger Woods wins 80th victory — is the chase to beat Jack Nicklaus’s 18 majors back on?

mulligan, 24 September 2018, Comments Off on The Golf Blog: Tiger Woods wins 80th victory — is the chase to beat Jack Nicklaus’s 18 majors back on?
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The Golf Blog says: Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship by 2 shots, playing a conservative final round (+1) that ensured his first PGA Tour victory in 5 years. The scene on the 18th at East Lake Golf Course should have sent chills up the spine of every golf fan. It was electric. Tiger barely missed out on winning the entire FedEx Cup, which was won by Justin Rose, who birdied the 18th to secure the overall title.

But Sunday was the day, not for Rose, but Tiger. He’s back. After contending in the final round at both the Open Championship and PGA Championship this year, we have to return to the question that we thought had been put to bed: Is Tiger’s quest to beat Jack Nicklaus’s 18 majors back on?

Short answer: yes. But Tiger will be 43 years old next year. By that age, Jack had reached 17 majors, with his last coming at the historic 1986 Masters. So Tiger is effectively 3-majors behind Jack’s pace. Also, keep in mind: only 2 players above age 40 have won 1 major in the U.S. in the past 80 majors. Phil Mickelson won the Open Championship at age 43, but that’s the last major he has won.

Of course, Tiger Woods is in a different league, at least historically. He has one true rival: Jack Nicklaus for the title of GOAT. Tiger has a better chance now to make a final run at Jack’s record, but, as Brooks Koepka has shown, Tiger will have to beat competition that is now younger, stronger, and who hit it longer than he does. The glass is both half full, and half empty, for Tiger at soon to be age 43.




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