Tiger Woods did it again. He won for the fifth time on Tour this season and for the eighth time in his career at Firestone Country Club. Thanks to a career-best 61 on Friday, Tiger raced out to a huge lead and never looked back, eventually winning by 7-shots at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Even though he goes into this weekend’s PGA Championship winless in his last 17 majors, Tiger is still considered the runaway leader for 2013 Player of the Year honors. Five wins in ten starts? Most PGA Tour players would be happy with five wins in a career.
By Sunday, there was no doubt Tiger was going to win his 18th World Golf Championship (no one else has won more than three). This was like the Tiger of old … the one that would take a tournament by the throat and choke the very life out of it.
Is Tiger officially “back?” Well, if you judge him by the fact that he still sits at 14 majors, and none since 2008, then the answer is no. But if you judge him by his 79 career victories, and 14 since 2008, then the answer is yes.
Love him or hate him pro golf needs him. And we’ll all be watching, again, this weekend.