There was a tremor in the force this evening, as two Tiger Woods putts dropped stirring the golf universe. Vijay Singh saw a flash of light on a practice range in Fiji. Ernie Els awoke with a start in South Africa. Phil Mickelson wet the bed. Wake up golf world, Tiger Woods has returned.
With his first win in nearly two years, Tiger Woods answered our questions. Under pressure Woods’ hands were calm, stroking two beautiful putts into the center of the cup on the 17th and 18th holes. There were no flashbacks to that cocktail waitress in Vegas. There were no what about my kids twitches as he pulled the putter back. The impassioned fist pump ensued, and Zach Johnson could only shrug and smile. The young guns suddenly remembered that this was the guy they grew up envying.
And for Tiger Woods, well he felt awesome once again.
Whether you’re a Woods fan or not, this win was a long time coming for Tiger. He’s needed to make strides in his personal life as well as in his golf life, and after two dismal years his game is coming around. Tiger’s final round at the President’s Cup was the start. This win was the body of Tiger’s comeback act. Now it’s time for Augusta to be the climax of Tiger’s ascent back to the top of the golf world.
We’ll have to wait until April to see if Tiger can capture a major once again and resume his attack on Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories. But in the meantime it’s nice to know that Tiger’s got the rest of the tour shifting uneasily in their seats, and Tiger Woods’ brand of golf is thrilling and fun to watch once again.