January 29th, 2012
After playing the first 3 days at the HSBC in Abu Dhabi at 11 under par. Tiger had a share of first place going into the final round. Tiger started out birding 2 of his first 3 holes and looked like he was on his way to his first victory of the year. However he started spraying some of his tee shots, which had him playing a lot of shots out of the deep, thick rough. He ended up shooting an even par 72 and coming in tied for third. Though he didn’t win and I woke up at 3am EST to see him play live I still think he’s off to a good start.
Watched Tiger play the last few days at the Chevron. Tiger looked like he was going to run away with it, but had some bogies on Sat and lost his lead to Zac Johnson. On Sunday he went back and forth with Zac until the end. The most interesting part of yesterday’s round was how Tiger played the last few holes. On the par 5 16th where you’d think Tiger with his length off the tee, would have a chance to go for the green in 2, Tiger chose to lay up and play to the strength of Zac. Johnson made birdie and took a 1 stroke lead going into the 17th par 3. Johnson misses putt on 17 that would have given him a 2 stroke lead with 1 hole to play which would have basically won it for him. However Tiger makes a 20 footer, with the pressure on, to tie Zac going into 18. So Zac puts it 20 ft from the flag from the 18th fairway and again with the pressure on, Tiger puts it inside him. Zac misses his putt and with the Tournament on the line and sudden death looming, he drains it. The crowd goes wild!! Fist pump!!, Tiger roar!!, Uppercut Punch!! “F#&K Yeah!!” yell. The slump is over.
What stands out most to me in this win was the decision on 16 to lay up, not take a chance with “going for it” and trusting his wedge game and his putting. That to me more than anything says. “He’s Backkkkkk!”
Watch out in 2012!!!
I’m watching the President’s Cup and Tiger just lost another match. It went 18 holes and he lost on the last hole. Tiger played great tee to green, but didn’t make any putts. Some very close and lip outs all day. The thing that got me was Greg Norman. He was all happy, smiling, pumping his fist, high fiving everyone like HE won, like He beat Tiger. Now let me preface by saying he’s not one of my favorite players. He was good, one a couple of majors but would be considered a under achiever. We always heard about his helicopter, vineyard, the plane, clothing, etc. Suppose to be the next Jack Nicklaus, yeah right. So he came out and said Fred Couples shouldn’t have picked Tiger and that HE wouldn’t have. Can you say HATER? This is Tiger “F&#kin” Woods, are you kidding me? Granted he hasn’t been playing well and getting over an injury but Tiger wouldn’t jeopardize the team just because he wanted to play on it. He’s been trying to get healthy from injuries, as well as, going through a swing change. If he didn’t think he’d be able to help the US team win, he would have told Freddie. Tiger would have spent the rest of the working on his game and get ready for the 2012 season. If Norman thought Tiger wasn’t playing well enough wouldn’t he be happy he was playing for the other team Or could it be that Norman thinks Tiger doesn’t “deserve” to on the team based on his past “personal” problems. Norman also said he doesn’t think Tiger will get to Jack’s 18 majors. Why? Hater again. Tiger is 35 and has 14 majors. Something I remember Michael Jordan said about one of the reasons he was a great winner. It was all the people who said he couldn’t keep doing it, or someone was a “Jordan stopper”. The only one that can stop Tiger is Tiger. Do your thing Mr. Woods.
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