Tiger Woods is off to the best start of his historical career in 2013 as he’s now won four tournaments in a season more quickly than he ever has before. Woods finished off a win at The Players Championship this weekend with a final round of 70.
The world’s No. 1 ranked golfer was tied for the lead going into the final round at The Players, and he took control on the front nine before holding off the field on a very tough back nine. The 37-year-old looked to have the tournament in the bag before finding the water off the tee-box on the 14th hole.
He then took a controversial drop before making double-bogey, which gave Sergio Garcia and David Lingmerth a chance to make a move. Garcia was in the best position, as Tiger Woods’ water-filled 14th brought the Spanish golfer into a tie at the top of the leaderboard.
Garcia looked to be in control as he was a hole behind Tiger in the final grouping with Lingmerth. Instead of taking advantage of Tiger’s poor play, Garcia fell apart on the 17th hole to end any chance of being crowned champion.
The 33-year-old hit back-to-back shots in the water off the tee-box before he finally hit the green and two-putted for quadruple bogey. Before the hole, Garcia was tied for first with Tiger Woods at 13-under. After the hole, he dropped to nine-under and had fallen out of the top-five.
Woods settled down after his double-bogey at the 14th and made birdie at the par-five 16th before making par over the final two holes. After Garcia’s choke up, David Lingmerth was the last competitor who had a chance to draw even with Tiger.
With Woods in the clubhouse at 13-under, Lingmerth had a lengthy putt for birdie on the 18th green that would’ve forced a playoff. Lingmerth’s putt had the right speed, but it didn’t drop, giving Tiger Woods his first win at The Players since 2001.
The PGA Tour’s most popular golfer has now won in each of his last three milestone appearances as he was playing in his 300th event this weekend at TPC Sawgrass.
Here’s highlights of Tiger’s performance at The Players Championship that ended with his fourth victory of the early season:
Still not convinced Tiger Woods is back to his winning ways? The Nike golfer has won four of his seven starts in 2013 and finished tied for fourth at The Masters. He hasn’t been this good since the 2000 season when he won nine events, including three majors.
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