I’m just sitting here watching the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Tiger Woods had managed to build up a two stroke lead after nine holes. It was looking like another routine win. However, Tiger just three-putted from under seven feet on the 10th hole. Will anyone step up? There are bout 10 players within 2-3 shots of the lead right now.
I’m fine with any one of four players, including Tiger, winning. I’ve got four players on my fantasy golf team who were tied for the lead going into today…
Tiger and Bart Bryant are tied at -8. Vijay Singh missed about a one foot putt, wow.
Tiger makes birdie on #13 and takes the lead again at -9.
Bart Bryant birdies #15 and is now tied for the lead with Tiger. They’re both two shots ahead of Vijay Singh, Ken Duke and Cliff Kresge.
An a-hole fan yells right during Vijay Singh’s approach shot on #18: “Hey Vijay go in the water.” Despite that jerk of a fan who should be escorted out and lynched by Kelly Tilghman’s crew, Singh hit a good shot and has a chance to go to -8 with a birdie.
Bryant taps in a 10″ putt for par on the final hole, to put -9 on the board. Tiger Woods hits a 3-wood stinger and has positioned himself perfectly on the left side of the 18th fairway. There is a lot of wind now. Tiger can birdie to win, but the wind may make par tougher than a few minutes ago.
Tiger has an extremely difficult downhill putt, which breaks left to right. Putt length about 25 feet. To this point Tiger hadn’t made any putts over 20 feet the entire week. I stood right there on that green two Januaries ago and it’s pretty slick. Johnny Miller and the announcers gave Tiger about a 90% chance of missing.
Tiger strikes the putt and at the end it’s rolling almost as slow as his famous chip-in on #16 at the Masters. In fact, he even managed to make sure the Nike logo flashed perfectly right before it went down.
Tiger slams his hat on the ground. He knows exactly how big that putt was, as he just tied Ben Hogan’s win record at 64. He also kept his perfect season running at four wins out of four. I have goose bumps. I get as sick as anyone about the press’ endless Tiger worshiping, but man this is history being made.
Poor Bart Bryant had to win to get into the Masters. Tiger knocked him out with that final putt.