Well it was there for all of us to witness. At Torrey Pines yesterday Tiger Woods proved to us once again that he is super human afterall. With five holes to play and seemingly four shots down in the third round there was something missing from his repertoire. Normally he gives us something to remember him by until the next round. And boy did he just do that over the remaining five holes of the third round yesterday from the thirteenth hole onwards !
The genial smile says it all as Woods holes out on the 17th hole from a bunker with a birdie during the third round of the US Open. picture courtesy of afp/getty images Robin Peck ……..
Much has been made with regards returning to the PGA Tour after having his knee scoped to move remnants of calcium that’d built up there. And though much had been made of the surgery and the ensuing problems that many felt that he might have. None of that was apparently evident yesterday. Woods’ performance if nothing else was exceptional to say the least.
Woods lines up that eagle putt that seemingly could be describe as the shot heard around the world. And with the world’s press and cameras watching what transpired left us all in amazement. picture courtesy of getty images/ Harry How…….
Woods is now proving carte blanche’ why it is that he remains supreme as the world’s number one golfer. The intimidation factor isn’t the only thing , it is also that he’s so much more physically capable and adept than that of his peers whom he’s competing against. And with Phil Mickelson nowhere in sight to provide any sort of competition . It’ll be left to the likes of England’s Lee Westwood, Rocco Mediate , D J Trahan ,Geoff Ogilvy , and a few others to provide the competition for Woods at the Torrey Pines course in San Diego. With Ogilvy being the only prominent player amongst those named who’s actually won a major.
The fans show their adoration of Woods as he celebrates his long eagle putt that garnered him the lead at the end of the third round of the 108th US Open, at Torrey Pines , San Diego, Ca,. picture courtesy of getty images/Harry How ………
And whilst Woods chases history as he sets about in attaining his fourteenth major. It can be said with each amazing feat on the course , Woods does set the bar even higher for others to follow. Nicklaus’ feat of 18 majors notwithstanding it seems now that while Woods sets about in surpassing that record. The superlatives that’ve been used already to describe him now seem to be merely redundant with each passing feat achieved by him.
Woods tees off on the seventeenth hole during the third round of the US Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Ca. picture courtesy of ap/photo/Charlie Riedel ……..
And with a decade already under his belt on the PGA Tour and numerous wins around the world. Woods’ legacy on the tour and the sport itself will be one that will definitely leave an indelible mark on the game of golf. His predecessors and peers of today ought to be genuinely appreciative as to what he’s brought to the sport but also their games. If they haven’t improved their own level of peformance then it can be said that it has either been from their lack of trying or the fact that they’re just not prepared to meet the lofty standards set by Woods as a player , both physically and mentally.
Woods raises his cap to the approval and applause from the crowd having sunk his eagle putt on the 13th hole at Torrey Pines during the third round of the US Open. picture courtesy of getty images/ Harry How ………
Professional golf as a game, is no longer about guys just playing four rounds for the fun of it. It has become a distinct business where countless millions can be made. Endorsers line up to sponsor tournaments and the rewards are now astonishing from a financial standpoint. Woods has brought the sport to the masses and it has now reached its zenith. At this point whether he wins this tournament or not . The game as it is now would be something less without his presence……. a great deal less ! But at this juncture I do believe that it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see Woods succumb to any of his opponents. It’s just not within his DNA !