Tiger’s Flithy Approach Shot
Tiger Woods won his 70th PGA Tour event at the Bridgestone Invitational. After opening with two sluggish rounds (68, 70), El Tigre shot back-to-back 65s during the weekend, securing a victory over Padraig Harrington, among others. Harrington was the leader going into Sunday’s play, and Woods made up the deficit with an eagle and three birdies on the front nine. In fact, Woods had the lead after making the turn for the back nine, but soon relinquished is with back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14. After parring 15, Woods still trailed Harrington by one stroke — that is, until, these two played the 16 hole.
After two bad tee shots, both golfers had to layup with the second shot. Unfortunately for Harrington, his shot simply missed the fairway and bounced to other side, going from one patch of rough to another. Tiger, on the other hand, put his ball back in the fairway, setting up his absolutely nasty third shot as seen in the lead video.
While Tiger may have hit one of the best shots of his career, Harrington completely spit the bit on 16. Besides his second shot troubles, he missed the green with his approach shot and then chipped over the green into the water. This means while Tiger was shooting under par on 16, Harrington shot a three-over.
By the time both completed the 16th, Tiger’s score was -11 and Harrington’s was -8. And that, as they say, was the ballgame. The question for Tiger is can he carry that good play into the PGA Championship, which starts on Thursday? If you recall, Woods didn’t look bad at all going into last month’s British Open after a win at AT&T National — and we all know how he finished in Scotland.
Question, if Tiger doesn’t win this week, does it somehow diminish his 2009 season, one that, even without a Major Championship, still finds him the number one ranked golfer in the world?