For the second consecutive major tournament, Tiger Woods made moves on Saturday at Bellrive Country Club in St. Louis. A strong round of 66 earned Woods into the third-to-last pairing for Sunday afternoon at the PGA Championship.
On Sunday at The Open Championship, two birdies on the front nine got Tiger into a tie for the lead, but a double-bogey on 11 and a bogey on 12 derailed his round and he finished T-6.
Today, Tiger enters Sunday at Bellrive in a logjam of players eight-under par, four strokes behind leader Brooks Koepka. Tee time is 2:35pm eastern, playing with Gary Woodland.
Us – the forty-somethings who watched this man win Sunday after Sunday in his prime. The same group of people that sat around the television and watched a boy grow into a dominate golfer right before our eyes. He made the sport interesting to us, he made it look easy, he made us want to play. What more could you ask from a role model? While I never aspired to play professionally, I certainly have had my share of good and bad play on courses from coast to coast and a few in Japan. Tiger Woods is still that guy, he will remain that guy even though the younger generation of golfers is grabbing the spotlight from time to time.
Red Shirt Sunday
Look at your favorite sports site (aside from this one) on Sunday when there is a PGA major being played and Tiger is “in the hunt” and you’ll see that he dominates the headlines. You would think that a man who has had four back surgeries and multiple withdrawals from tournaments due to that back would be forgotten. Not even close; he remains the buzz at every course he plays.
Tiger Woods hasn’t won a major in ten years. His last tournament win was five years ago.
We don’t care, we watch, hoping he’ll get another major. We’ll be watching on Sunday when he’s got a legitimate shot at winning. When we are let down we continue our day but for a portion of that day we watched a living legend play a game we never thought we could watch on television.
What’s It Going To Take?
Last Month in Carnoustie at The Open, Woods was also four back of the lead heading into the final round ultimately falling short. He made it interesting, but that course is known to change without warning and eat players up who can’t adjust to the conditions. Not saying Tiger was eaten alive but leaders were able to adjust quicker.
Today at Bellerive, he looks to earn his 15th major title after playing 29 holes yesterday finishing in the twilight tied for sixth. He no doubt could have used the fuel in his “golf tank” to empty. We have seen Tiger fight through many obstacles and dazzle us with a final round performance. We have seen him come from behind many of Sunday’s and win, although, has never come from behind in a major. Is today the day we rejoice in another Tiger major?
He continues to give himself chances to capture the victory but for some reason or another cannot seize the opportunity, he can’t finish a round. He has to play out of his mind today to have a shot at the PGA Championship. In our hearts, we know he has the guts. In our minds however, we know he’s wrapping up a glorious career in the PGA and hopefully we’ll get to watch him in the senior level.
Tiger knows what to do to make this happen, he wakes early, goes through a series of stretching and therapy routines just to be able to step on the first tee box with that massive following cheering his every swing.
He’ll draw the crowds, he’ll capture the hearts of all who watch. That’s what he does. Even if he falls short today, we cherish Tiger for he has brought us joy for so many years. Watching a guy our age win on Sunday in majors and tournaments is exhilarating for us, it’s palpable.
Give us one more Eldrick Tiger Woods, we believe in you.