Tiger Woods once stood atop the rankings of the PGA. He was once untouchable on the golf course, winning 14 Major Championships, 3rd all time in PGA Tour Wins with 71, and 3rd all time in European Tour Wins. It seemed like Tiger was unhuman. We worshipped him, idolized him, and tried to emulate his signature fist pump out on the golf course. But as the saying goes “what goes up, must come down” and boy did Tiger come down. On the night before Thanksgiving in 2009 he crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant, and well, we all know what happened after that. It has been a
long very long time since Tigers won a tournament. All the waiting ended on Sunday.
Trailing by one shot with two holes to play on Sunday, Tiger came up with two clutch putts. He holed a 15-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th to pull into a tie with Zach Johnson, then hit a 9-iron from 158 yards that landed on the ridge behind the hole and rolled down to 6 feet. Tiger closed with a 3-under 69, sweeping his arm when the final putt dropped, then slamming down his fist in a celebration that was a long time coming. It was as if everything he has endured for the last two years, from his divorce, a winless 2010 season, caddy controversy, and injuries, has been lifted off his shoulders.
749 days and 26 Major Championships later, Tiger finally won a tournament. The win improved his world ranking from No. 52 to No.21. Now that Tiger has his first win in over two years, can we expect him to return to the top of the rankings in 2012? What do you expect from Tiger in 2012? Post your thoughts in the comment section!
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