Thursday, January 26, 2012

It doesn't matter if it's Sunday or Monday; against Luke Donald or Stewart Cink or Vijay Singh; in Akron, Boston or Chicago, Tiger Woods continues to give a clinic in the A, B, Cs of winning golf tournaments. His latest masterwork, at the TPC of Boston on Sunday, was an 8-under-par 63 in which he vaporized a three-stroke deficit in a mere 45 minutes, won his 5th start in a row and 7th of 2006, and picked up even more momentum as he prepares to lead the underdog U.S. team into battle at the upcoming Ryder Cup matches.

Woods's lead was only two strokes for most of the day, but this was perhaps the least dramatic narrow victory in the history of the game. As he's done for the last two months, Woods made almost every important putt, failing to convert on just one easy birdie hole, the par-5 18th, and then only after the contest had already been decided. After he had collected the tallest trophy for the 53rd time in his career, pink-shirted officials ushered Woods into position on the green for the photographers, and he almost stepped into the cup that had denied him. It was the closest he came to making a mistake all day.

"Well, I've done it before," Woods said, alluding to the six consecutive titles he won during the 1999-2000 seasons. "But it's nice when you get on a roll like this where the things are just happening. I got some lucky breaks, some great bounces. This isn't all about hitting perfect shots and making every putt. That's a lot of luck on my side and a lot of things have to go right. But also my mechanics, from all the work I've done with Hank and my changes are starting to come together. And that's pretty exciting for me to go out there and play with this type of confidence with my mechanics becoming more and more sound."

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