Time and again, Tiger displays dominance

first_imgWoods put the finishing touches on a fantastic 2007 season in which he won seven tournaments, highlighted by a win at the PGA Championship. That was also the only other time we saw Sam out on the golf course to greet her dad after a victory. Now, he’s shooting a 62 in his second round after 70 days off from competition. You can feel Augusta National bracing already. “It’s not like he was sitting on the couch eating Cheetos or anything,” Jim Furyk said. ” He and the great players, (like Jack) Nicklaus, have the ability to take that time off and come back.” Woods is still Woods. He’s crazy good. The way he’s playing right now, he should win at least two majors next year. With an end-of-the year performance like this, how could you not think this might be his best year ever? Bring on 2008. Woods isn’t perfect. But when things aren’t right with his swing, the results aren’t as bad anymore, he believes. “The most important thing is my misses aren’t what they used to be,” Woods said. “I hit a couple bad tee shots today where I’m like, `That wasn’t very good,’ and it’s right there in the middle of the fairway. That wasn’t the case before. As you’ve seen before, my misses used to be over trees and off houses and stuff like that.” Remember when Woods put a golf ball into the parking lot at the former Nissan Open on the first tee at Riviera Country Club? Cars are now safe. Gallery members can rest easier. Woods wasn’t happy with his swing on Nos. 10 and 11 on Sunday, but he was happy with the results. The mistakes aren’t as costly. A 10-week layoff couldn’t hinder him from adding the Target’s Tiger hardware to his collection. “Doesn’t help us, does it?” Colin Montgomerie asked. “If he took a bloody year off, it would help. Never mind 10 weeks.” Woods admitted he’d never taken that long of a break before, and it’s true that he wasn’t invincible Sunday. Furyk chopped Woods’ six-stroke lead to two shots after nine holes, putting a small scare into Woods. Asked if he was sweating, Woods responded that he was wearing a sweater vest. And smiled. Woods wasn’t flawless with his putter, which is a bit unusual. He missed a one-footer Saturday and a 2 1/2-footer Sunday. Endless putting drills are likely on the horizon. Woods is so good that missing a couple of gimme putts didn’t cost him. He tied the tournament record with a 22-under total, the same score DavisLove III shot in 2000. Woods is a perfectionist, and he sees plenty of things he can work on when he returns to Florida. “Even though I shot what I shot, I still have some room for improvement, which is nice,” Woods said. It gets better than this? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAfter he putted out for par to win his tournament for the fourth time, he smiled, kissed Sam and tussled the white, winter cap she wore. Then he kissed his wife, Elin. “I didn’t see (Sam) until I was done, but it puts things in perspective real quick,” Woods said. “Even though I had won, I just wanted to know how she was doing, how she’s been all day. I forgot that, for a moment, `Hey, you won a golf tournament.’ ” It’s abundantly clear by the megawatt smile that fatherhood agrees with Woods. And it’s clear by his game – showing barely an iota of rust after the hiatus – that Tiger Woods is playing awfully well. That 2008 should be Tiger’s year again. Shocking, I know. THOUSAND OAKS — In an instant, Tiger Woods forgot all about his record-setting Target World Challenge victory. He forgot about how he had survived a test from Jim Furyk but pulled away in typical Tiger fashion on the back nine, how he had tied a record for the lowest four-day total at 22-under par, and how he had shot a 62 a couple of days earlier following a 10-week break. Woods’ seven-shot victory over Zach Johnson on Sunday took a backseat to his daughter, Sam Alexis, who was waiting for him next to the 18th green. Sam was nestled in the arms of Tiger’s mom, Kultida Woods, and bundled up in a red outfit. Even Sam wears red on Sundays. last_img