The vast majority of the talk this week Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard has centered on Tiger Woods and his quest to regain the number one spot in the official world golf rankings, and rightfully so. Woods lived up to the hype, with his score of 13 under par good enough to secure a two shot victory over Justin Rose and five shot win over Mark Wilson, Keegan Bradley, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano and Rickie Fowler.
Woods didn’t win this event at Bay Hill by bombing the ball down the middle of the fairway all day long. In fact, he didn’t even hit the fairway on many occasions, which makes his victory all the more impressive. What Woods did do well, however, was putt. He was just about automatic from inside of 25 feet on the week, sinking 13 of 19 putts.
Fowler did his best to make a run at Woods with a few birdies in the middle of his round. By Woods remained cool, calm and collected and answered just about every time. He let Fowler press and make mistakes that would take him out of contention. That’s exactly what the youngster did, with a bogey on 15 and a triple bogey on 16. After that, it was pretty much smooth sailing for Woods.
Woods seems to have his confidence back. “I play well here — that’s a simple as it gets,” Woods said. “If I get healthy I know I can play this game at a high level. I know I can be contending in every event. Once I got there, my game turned.” Putting so incredibly consistently could have anyone brimming with confidence.
I guess it doesn’t hurt to have regained the number one spot. He also took over the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings that had been held by Brandt Snedeker. Woods is on a roll and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to be slowing down any time soon.