When you’ve had the kind of career on the PGA Tour that Tiger Woods has, it’s not very often that are enable to accomplish something that you haven’t done before. Well, he did just that today with his victory at The PLAYERS Championship. It was his first career victory on Mother’s Day. It was also the earliest point in a season that he has recorded four wins. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that it was his 78th career win in addition to his 300th career tournament played. He also won his 100th and 200th career starts.
Woods entered the day tied with Sergio Garcia and David Lingmerth at 11 under par. Garcia faltered over the last two holes – if you call six over par in two holes “faltering”. Lingmerth didn’t quite have the epic collapse that Garcia did, but he failed to convert a makeable putt on 17 and didn’t really have a chance at making a very difficult putt on 18 to tie Woods and force a playoff.
Seemingly in control for most of the final round, Woods kept his composure, even after hitting into the water on 14 and ending up with a double bogey. He ended the tournament third in greens in regulation and tied for 19th in driving accuracy. It was his confidence with the putter that was incredibly evident however. You could just tell he was expecting to make putts when he addressed the ball. There were several occasions when he started walking the ball into the cup when it was still five feet out. We haven’t seen that out of Tiger in quite some time.
This is the second time that Woods has won the PLAYERS; the first time over a decade ago, in 2001. He has four wins on the year and extended his stranglehold on the lead in both the FedEx Cup standings and the official world golf rankings. The only thing that is missing from Tiger’s season so far is a major championship. If he keeps playing at the this level, that will likely come fairly soon.