Hooked On Golf Blog
Tiger Woods

Does winning the Chevron mean Tiger Woods is officially back?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Monday, December 5th, 2011
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfTiger Woods
Tags:

Tiger Woods / Zach Johnson

Staring contest between Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods on the 18th Sunday

I suppose I have to post a Tiger Woods related post today since he won the Chevron and the media and golf broadcasters are going nuts.  Not that I don’t want to, I just don’t want it to be the same as a billion other scribes, bloggers, sports reporters etc.

I watched almost all of the broadcast of the Chevron World Challenge this weekend.  I wasn’t super impressed with the golf of most of the 18 players.  Collectively the field was -3.  Perhaps the fast greens and high wind took their toll.  Yes, this was a field of only 18 players.  Take that for what it is worth.  Not a full field.  Not a PGA Tour event either.  BUT, despite being a small field there were some fantastic golfers in it, including many top 10 players, the FedEx Cup champ for 2011 etc.

After the hot start Thursday I’d hoped that K.J. Choi could keep the train rolling.  He’s one of my favorite players.  But he lost it a bitThe 15th hole seemed to have his number, as Choi carded a quadruple and a triple on that par-3.

Tiger’s game was good enough to win this week obviously, but whether or not he is “back” is unknown in my opinion.  I still see some wild swings, but then again he has always had wild swings.  The dip in his swing is pretty pronounced and when that gets out of control, he hits bad shots, like the few fat 3-woods he hit.

Still I think the biggest make or break part of TW’s game right now is his putting.  He didn’t make much of anything yesterday.  I could see his blade opening in his stroke on some misses.  Then suddenly something clicked around the 16th hole.  He started to release the putter better, without leaving the face open.  Then the putts started dropping.

So is Tiger “Back?”

Many think so.  Most golf TV broadcasters, networks and scribes want him back because their ratings are so vastly better when Tiger is playing well and in contention.

Speaking of the broadcasters, the Tiger doting was really over the top this weekend, especially Sunday.  It is hard to swallow sometimes–when they go on and on about Tiger, and seem to forget the rest of the field.  They’re in a tough position though.  I get it.  It is hard not to dote over possibly the best golfer ever.  Tiger is arguably the 2nd best golfer.  Can’t call him the best unless he beats Jack’s record.

When asked if he was back, Tiger said (paraphrasing) he’d never left.

For fun, lets take a look at some headlines:

Finally, a win for Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods Wins First Tournament Since Scandal

Woods puts demon in the hole

Woods ends 2-year victory drought

Hello Again, World

Did Tiger get his groove back?

Does Tiger’s win at the Chevron mean he’s all the way back?

The days of doubting Tiger Woods are over (finally) – complete quote

Tiger Woods starts winning again

Tiger is back to his best

Great story — but is he really back?

Golf doesn’t need Tiger anymore

Tiger Woods Wins! Fan Yells “Mashed Potatoes!”

Angel Tiger or Devil Tiger, either way, I’m glad he’s back!

That’s More Like It

What did Tiger himself have to say about his win?  Here’s his latest tweet:

Birdie birdie feels pretty damn good. Fans made it feel better than great.

What’s gear was in Tiger Woods’s golf bag at the Chevron?

Driver:  Nike VR Tour 8.5-degree (Graphite Design DI 6X)
Fairway Woods:  Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood/15-degree and 5-wood/19-degree
Irons:  Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW)
Wedges:  Nike VR Pro 56-degree and Nike VR Pro 60-degree
Putter:  Nike Method 001
Ball:  Nike ONE Tour D
Apparel:  Nike Golf’s Tiger Woods Collection
Footwear: Nike TW Free-Inspired Prototype Shoe

Final Chevron Leader Board

POS Player To Par 1 2 3 4 Total
1
Tiger Woods
-10
69
67
73
69
278
2
Zach Johnson
-9
73
67
68
71
279
3
Paul Casey
-5
79
68
67
69
283
T4
Hunter Mahan
-4
72
68
73
71
284
T4
Matt Kuchar
-4
72
67
74
71
284
T6
Jim Furyk
-1
71
74
73
69
287
T6
Martin Laird
-1
77
74
66
70
287
T6
Rickie Fowler
-1
71
70
75
71
287
T6
Bubba Watson
-1
75
70
70
72
287
T10
Bo Van Pelt
E
74
72
71
71
288
T10
Gary Woodland
E
73
70
70
75
288
12
K.J. Choi
+1
66
73
72
78
289
T13
Webb Simpson
+2
73
79
68
70
290
T13
Bill Haas
+2
78
69
69
74
290
15
Jason Day
+3
74
68
77
72
291
16
Steve Stricker
+4
69
76
73
74
292
17
Keegan Bradley
+10
76
75
74
73
298
18
Nick Watney
+11
71
78
73
77
299
  • Login | Register
  • HOG InterviewGary Player

    Golf Legend Gary Player

  • Latest Course ReviewMichigan Golf Course

    University of Michigan Golf Course

    Latest Accessory ReviewGolf GPS Review

    GolfBuddy VS4 Talking GPS Review

    Latest Golf Club ReviewTaylorMade Irons Review

    TaylorMade SpeedBlade Irons

  • Popular Post
    Tiger Woods House
    Tiger Woods' Home

  • Social Networks

    HOG Twitter



    Tony Korologos Twitter



    Google Plus


    Facebook

  • Partner Sites

  • Archives