Tiger Woods wins Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods won a official PGA Tour event for the first time in over 2 1/2 years, and was all smiles after winning by 5 strokes Sunday. (Credit: Getty Images)

Tiger Woods took a moment to let the feeling sink in before he tapped in a putt on the 18th green for par during Sunday’s final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida. All is back to normal again in golf. Tiger Woods is a winner once again. Woods shot a 1-under 70 to win by 5 strokes ahead of his nearest competitor, Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell, with a combination of great drives, iron shots, and his short game, a winning formula that had not been seen in a very long time. This was Wood’s first official PGA Tour victory since the Australian Open in September of 2009.

Wood’s career and personal life has been in turmoil since that last victory. A horrendous scandal that cost him millions of dollars as well as fans shed his previously squeaky-clean image into something much darker and questioned. His life would never be the same. Desperate attempts, from pleas for forgiveness and apologies at numerous press conferences, to even growing a beard and acting like someone else failed. He divorced with his wife, Elin Nordegren, fired his swing coach, Hank Haney, and, what was probably most painful of all, fired caddie Steve Williams, who had been on his bag for over a decade.

Now, it seems Tiger’s finally taking a step in the right direction with this win. He did win his own tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, in December. However, that was not an official PGA Tour event, as the field was only 18 players. This impressive performance, with no round higher than 1-under par, was the first time in a long time he’s looked this confident with his swing on both the tee and the green.

With the Masters right around the corner (starting April 5th), Woods is heating up at the right time. His focus is now set on capturing his 5th win at Augusta National, which would be his 15th major tournament win as he resumes his chase to catch “The Bear”, Jack Nicklaus, for most the most major wins, with 18.

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8 Responses to Tiger Woods wins Arnold Palmer Invitational

  1. Bjake671 says:

    Great post. Also Tiger’s caddie’s former player, Fred Couples, won on the Champions Tour as well. Nice to see that your doing more posts.

    • Thanks. I didn’t actually know that, I’ve been quite caught up with Tiger’s win and the NCAA Tournament. Yeah, I’m committed to posting more in the future, I haven’t being doing much recently.

  2. I don’t know how long Tiger will “stay” back, but everyone in Golf circles – especially the television networks – are thrilled. As long as this man stays in the sport, he will continue to move the needle and create interest in even the most casual of Golf fans whenever he’s competing.

    • I definitely agree on that first point. I think the real winners are television networks and the media in general. It goes to show how important he is for the sport of golf. Very true, even the most casual of golf fans are excited when he wins.

  3. jaysjems1141 says:

    Not only is this great for Tiger Woods, but it’s great for the sport of golf. Without Tiger, it’s tough for golf to sustain any sort of casual viewers. If Tiger can be somewhat relevant in his tournaments, it will make 18th holes that much more exciting for America to watch.

    • For sure, for sure. Tiger’s the one name that almost everyone knows in golf. The casual fans, like sportsattitudes said, are the ones who are affected the most by Tiger’s play. When he wins, the PGA wins. Simple as that.

  4. I think he’s back. No matter what the world rankings say, Tiger is still the hands-down number one in my opinion.

    • Me too. He didn’t have problems physically, it was all mental, and that’s why his swing suffered. Those dramatic changes to his game might have actually done some good, though.

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