Tiger Woods picked up his 79th career PGA Tour victory over the weekend at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. The win was basically never in doubt after Woods carded a 61 in the second round to take a commanding seven shot lead into the weekend. It’s not often that pro golfers blow a seven shot lead in two rounds, and it’s even less common that it happens to Woods.
He was playing so well and was so far out in front of the field that the majority of his competition had all but resigned themselves to fighting for second place. You know you’re firing on all cylinders when the rest of the field essentially admits that you have the tournament wrapped up after 36 holes. The announcers spent much of the final day talking about the exciting race for second place. In the end, 2012 champion Keegan Bradley tied Swede Henrik Stenson for second place at eight under par – Woods finished the event at 15 under.
The stats for the week support the fact that Woods played exceedingly well. He ranked second in greens in regulation, fifth in putting average (thanks, in part, to 22 putts in the entirety of his second round) and 11th in driving accuracy. While he did struggle at times with the driver off of the tee, it clearly wasn’t overly detrimental to his performance.
Tiger’s performance sets him up well for this week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill– the final major of the season. The trials and tribulations that Woods has faced at major championships in recent years are well documented. Even though he will come in as a significant favorite, I wouldn’t suggest that the rest of the field concede the event just yet.