It reminded him a bit of Jack Nicklaus winning the U.S. Open at Baltusrol in 1980, the crowds invading the course as the Golden Bear wrapped up a victory that defied those skeptics who thought he was all washed up at age 40.
While all eyes will be on Woods’ attempt to win for the first time since 2013, McIlroy is only concerned with himself. While Sunday was nearly a Woods throwback, suspense-less while not pointless, his bogeys at Nos. The simple answer is it was his mom’s idea, and mother always knows best.
It was a surreal scene, unlike anything you’d normally see at a golf tournament – the Tiger Effect. “You just have to suck it up and hit shots”.
‘I am very happy for him and extremely proud of him. I wear blue. Okay.
The win is the culmination of an impressive comeback season for Woods, who looks to be a threat at the majors again in 2019.
“It’s been an unbelievable season from beginning to end and I appreciate it much more now than 20 years ago”.
DJ is the new number one, having jumped over Justin Rose despite the Englishman’s FedEx Cup success.
One chip and two putts later, Tiger would seal the victory.
August 14, 2015 – Misses the cut in his third straight major at the PGA Championship.
A golfer’s career is rarely summed up in one week, and McIlroy is not anxious about tracking Woods on Sunday. “That helps. I don’t have to shoot 63 or 64 and hope I get help”. I had to suck it up and hit the shots.
Woods’s at-last win happened to come before galleries rich in the gear of Georgia (Bulldogs), Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, the Atlanta Braves and the Masters, before children in Julio Jones jerseys.
Rory McIlroy will be playing in the final pairing with Tiger today.
Reed managed to win his first green jacket despite not wearing red. “It’s been tough. I’ve had a not so easy last couple years”.
He said he had loved every minute despite it being “a grind”.
“I’ve worked my way back, and I couldn’t have done it without those around me … some knew what I was struggling with, and it was really special to see them [other players] here”. There was a point in time I didn’t know if I’d ever do this again.
“Finally I’ve come to a point where I’ve got control of the lead”.
“I realised all of sudden I was going to win the tournament”, he said. Woods’s 80th PGA Tour success, if it comes, will unquestionably be his most significant.
“It was a grind out there”, Woods said afterward, the sweat dripping off the brim of that familiar black TW-logoed cap.
They had waited more than five years for this moment. At his last Ryder Cup, in 2012 in Medinah, Ill., Woods finished 0-3-1 in his matches.
He has never been in better position to show he’s all the way back from four back surgeries that once made him fear he might never play again. Woods would sure like to add another trophy to his inventory to cap what has been an awesome comeback.