Thursday, March 10, 2005

Tiger Woods returns to No.1

He was the world's best player for more than half a decade before being bumped as Vijay Singh, a man full of personality, and now Tiger Woods is back at the top following his win at Doral over the weekend. See story here.

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Woods bettered Phil Mickelson on Sunday for his second win of the year and looked like the Tiger of old. That's terrific because at the same time Mickelson and Ernie Els, who picked up a win in Dubai, are also nearing the top of their games. Maybe, finally, we'll get that three or four-way battle in tournaments that everyone has been hoping for since Tiger's great run in 2000 and 2001.

Even Jack Nicklaus, who has often said Woods will eclipse his career records, is now on record stating that Tiger has some tough foes playing alongside him.

"He's certainly going to have increased competition that he hasn't had in past years," Jack Nicklaus said Monday. "You heard me a couple of years ago. What will happen to Tiger? I said a lot of his competition had not shown up yet, or guys playing against him will raise the level of their golf games."

Apparently the competition has shown up. Let the games begin.

2 Comments:

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Erik @ The Sand Trap said...

DOHA, Qatar (PA) -- After a day he will want to forget in a hurry, Ernie Els is in danger of missing his first halfway cut on the European Tour in six years.

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger Erik @ The Sand Trap said...

Oops, posted too quickly.

It's not to say I disagree, but Tiger Woods - playing abysmally last year - still hung tight with the world's best players. He beat Vijay a few times (and lots others). He beat Phil plenty of times. Same with Ernie.

All while playing like crap.

Phil is HOT right now. But will it continue? Tiger spotted him two strokes and still beat him. Tiger would have pulled away if it weren't for his second-round 70 in which he played the par-fives terribly.

I think the competition hasn't elevated their games much at all. Vijay caught a spark (typically against weak Tiger-less fields, like he hopes to do this week at the Honda). Phil has a spark right now.

On a scale of 1 to 100, the competition in 2000 may have been an 85 to Tiger's 96. Tiger's back to 92 right now, and the competition is at 87. Purely my opinion, granted, but that's why it's my comment. :-)

 

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