Tiger Woods (pictured) won the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday afternoon and his focus will now be on the US Masters in April. The former world number one won the tournament by two shots from Steve Stricker and was two shots further ahead of Adam Scott at the end of play.
Woods can turn up at some courses with a massive chance of winning despite his current form and the Blue Monster at Doral is one such course. Last March he arrived at Bay Hill after absence away from the course due to injury and won by five shots, his seventh title there.
His form figures before the Memorial in June were 40-Missed Cut-40 but he secured a fifth win at Muirfield Village. Then six weeks ago Tiger recovered from a poor effort in Abu Dhabi to win at Torrey Pines, taking the title with four shots to spare to record at eighth win at that venue.
The Blue Monster is not quite in the same category of the courses mentioned but it is definitely a course on which Woods feels confident of ending the week with the winner’s cheque and trophy in his hands. He was the champion at Doral three times in a row from 2005. The only time he has finished outside the top 10 there was when he withdrew due to injury last year.
Rory McIlroy looked back to his best with a round of 65 on Sunday. However, Tiger must be sensing the opportunity to reclaim world number one status and that should provide extra motivation this season. He returned a score of 74 in the last round of the Honda Classic last Sunday but the field average was 73.7 on a brutal day. It’s also worth noting that he had won 75 US PGA Tour titles before winning at Doral.
Woods has now won two regular titles in the States this season which is not a bad return for a player supposedly not at his best. His career will be defined by how much major championship he wins and is stated aim has always been to win more than the 18 majors in the career of Jack Nicklaus.
The focus of Woods’ attention over the early part of the season is the US Masters in April. Woods has won four Green Jackets in his career to date but if can maintain his current level of form a fifth win at Augusta is well within his capabilities.