Who would’ve thought Tiger Woods winning again would be news? But yesterday at Muirfield, the 36-year-old tied Jack’s record of 73 wins. How fitting Tiger should catch Jack at the very tournament hosted by Nicklaus?
The mystique is coming back. Tiger did what Tiger doesn’t often do—come from behind and win. He started Sunday 1 shot behind Spencer Levin. Three years ago all Tiger had to do was show up and other players would fall by the wayside. Levin’s Sunday 75 could indicate a return of that aura.
The shot of the day was Tiger’s pitch-in at 16: with water closely behind the flag, he had to land the ball on a downhill slope and hope for a par. He swung hard at the flop shot in order to land it softer, and watched it trickle into the front right of the cup for a bonus birdie.
His 2-shot victory over Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romero is his second this year. His first was back in March at Bay Hill, Arnold Palmer’s tournament.
Two wins at 2 tournaments hosted 2 of golf’s living legends. Now only Sam Sneed stands ahead of Tiger with 82 wins. The US Open starts in 11 days at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Too bad Sam Snead weren’t still alive and hosting it.