now I get it.
few weeks I kept wondering why Tiger Woods was going so hard during this FedEx
Cup. When the final putt drops at the PGA Championship his give-a-shizz meter
usually skews toward Empty, and after the gut-wrenching finish at Hazeltine I
didn’t expect to see Woods go through the motions at more than a couple of
these so-called playoff events.
But Saturday at Cog Hill was a reminder of what
Woods is all about, and why he’s here. His spectacular 62 was one of the rounds
of the year and a resounding rebuttal to all the haters who have been
questioning his game in the wake of the PGA (and the missed cut at Turnberry
and missed putt at the Barclays).
Woods was at his overpowering best on
Saturday, making eight birdies and an eagle in an outrageous display of
all-around skills. Power? He stuck it to ten feet in two on the 600+ yard 9th?
Creativity? How about that big-bending 6-iron on number seven when Woods looked
stymied behind a tree? And for precision, it’s hard to beat a round that ends with
16 consecutive greens in regulation.
This was old-school Woods dominance,
something for the boys to stew on over the long winter. Making a statement like
this has extra meaning in a bipolar season of great victories and stunning
failures. Reminding everyone that he is still Tiger Woods is the reason why
Tiger Woods showed up this week. Mission accomplished.