Tiger Woods had won the WGC-Cadillac Championship 2013 at Doral. His second win, after getting his first victory late January at Torrey Pines (the Farmers Insurance Open). And his 76th overall, just a few more behind Arnold Palmer’s record of 82 wins.
With rounds of 66-65-67 and leading by 4 shots over Graem McDowell at the end of Round 3, it became clear that Tiger Woods would win this tournament no matter what. Fireworks were expected but Tiger decided to take the conservative line, still emerging victorious with 2 strokes over 2nd-placed Steve Stricker despite a 1-under 71 on the final day. McDowell could only came in at 14-under, bunching himself Tied-3rd with Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Mickelson.
Oh, yes, Adam Scott. He – with the most famous caddie Steve Williams along side – played extremely superb golf, subduing the Blue Monster with the lowest score of 64 (8 birdies and no bogey) for the whole tournament, but a terrific score in just one round couldn’t help much. Rory McIlroy showed signs he had awakened, good for him. He finished overall Tied-8th at 10-under, scoring 73-69-71-65.
Now all the questions are back again: (1) How many victories will Tiger Woods record this season, and (2) How many majors will he win?
Golf is, like most sports, a very temperamental thing: you can be great one week and missed cut the next, so the guess is Tiger Woods will win a total of 4 tournaments including one major. And that major is the PGA Championship.
By the way, Tiger won US$1.5 million this time. Not that it’s very important to him.