Tiger Woods Completes Miraculous Season With Tour Championship Victory

 

Pittsburgh, PA: Tiger Woods has played well for weeks and has figured a way to hang on the leaderboard week after week but had not punched through with a victory since his return to the tour in the spring.   That Changed during the final week of the PGA Tour Season as he would put a couple of big rounds together to build a lead in this years Tour Championship. Tiger would put the finishing touches on the win Sunday as he would complete a two-stroke victory.

The Tiger win nearly gave him the Fed Ex Cup Championship also as it took a birdie by Justin Rose on the final hole in order to claim that victory.

The Win by Tiger Completes one of the biggest comebacks in not just this sport, but in sports history.   It was 1876 days since his last victory and when you consider everything he struggled through to not only get back, but also to return to a very competitive form.

As for the Fed Ex Cup, Justin Rose fought through a tough round to eventually pull out a victory on the final hole of the day with a birdie to finish just ahead of Woods.

Dustin Johnson had a chance on the back nine to also finish with a Fed Ex Cup Victory but he also faltered as did most players on Sunday.  Even Woods finished over par for his round with the tournament victory.   To say that East Lake showed its teeth would be an understatement.

Billy Horschel came in 3rd place in the Points race, and in second for the Tournament behind Tiger at 9-under.

Final-Round Leaderboard

Tiger Woods                      65-68-65-71—269 (-11)

Billy Horschel                     71-65-69-66—271 (-9)

Dustin Johnson                  69-70-67-67—273 (-7)

Hideki Matsuyama            72-66-71-65—274 (-6)

Webb Simpson                  69-70-68-67—274 (-6)

Justin Rose                         66-67-68-73—274 (-6)

 

The Ryder Cup Effect, US Edition

As the players look forward to what will be a memorable week in France at this years Ryder Cup, there is a great deal to take stock in when you look at the performance of the US Team in this final tournament.  Tiger Woods won and he was a Captains Pick and RIckie Fowler, DJ, Tony Finau, and Justin Thomas also finished under par.  Bryson DeChambeau, the Points leader heading into the tournament finished at 1-under as he would fight his way back to red numbers by Sunday.

Webb Simpson was another bright spot on this team as he would shoot a 67 on the final day to climb into the top 5 of the tournament.  H

But there were 4  team members that did not compete well this week and a few of those players are trending in the wrong direction coming into Ryder Cup Week.   Phil Mickelson finished dead last this week at 13+over.   Bubba Watson finished Sunday at 10+over while Patrick Reed would struggle to 9+over.  Brooks Koepka also finished at 4+over and those four players were all on the bottom of the leaderboard this week.  Let also not forget that Jordan Spieth did not even make it to the final weekend.

Furyk will need to figure a way to get these four guys going and look for the right pairings to do so.  For my money, Mickelson is the wild card here.  Phil has never missed a Ryder Cup since joining the Tour and always figures a way to make a difference either with play or attitude.  Who he gets paired up with will be interesting, although early talk has him playing with Tony Finau.  That could be a could pairing for both as Finau is a Rookie and incredibly long and consistent.

Jim Furyk and his vice captains will have their work cut out in order to claim a victory in France this week.   His Vice Captains include Zach Johnson, Davis Love III, Steve Stricker, David Duval and Matt Kuchar.   All his Vice Captains have experience on Foreign soil so they should have plenty of experience to draw upon.

 

Author: Jhavelka