Tiger Woods is putting everyone to shame in 2013 as he wins his fourth title of the season at the Players Championship at Sawgrass in Florida. After his downfall in 2009 (for obvious reasons) everyone counted him out for the near future, but he has proven everyone wrong by earning up to $5,849,600 after making 6 cuts and winning four titles. However, people are still finding ways to criticise the world number by saying he is it not back until he wins a major. With the US open coming up at the start of June and the British open arriving in Muirfield at the start of July he still has a chance this season of winning his 15th major which will put him on course to beating the legendary Jack Nickaus’ record of 18 major titles.
The tournament seemed to be heading for a play-off as both Woods and Sergio Garcia were both tied for first place at 13 under par until the dreaded 17th hole arrived for the Spaniard who put two tee shots into the water and he then found the water on 18 which saw him drop to 7 under par in the final two holes. The Spaniard, said: “You have to be disappointed, not so much with 18, but with 17. I got going nicely from the 11th onwards, I felt I was hitting the ball better, felt calmer and got too confident on 17.” A par on the last was enough for Woods to finish his round on 70 and win the Players Championship with a two shot lead over K Streelman, J Maggert and D Lingmerth who were all on 11 under.
Woods is also close to breaking another recorded after being just 4 PGA tour wins away from Sam Snead’s record of 78 PGA titles.
Conflict appeared on the course between the world number 1 and the fiery character of Sergio Garcia who is known for his temper after Garcia accused the American of being responsible for the level of noise from the crowd as he took his backswing and ended up in the trees. Garcia found himself in the trees from his tee shot and Woods also found the trees but adjacent to the Spaniard on the other side of the fairway. Garcia implicated that as he was taking his back swing Woods must have pulled out a 3 wood which would’ve enlightened the crowd as he was going for the green from an impossible angle. Garcia ended up making a bogey and Woods found himself finish the hole with a birdie which saw a two shot swing as the leader of the Players Championship changed. Speaking after the third round, Garcia said of Woods: “He’s not my favourite guy to play with. He’s not the nicest guy on Tour. So it will good for both us not to play together again. We don’t like each other. It doesn’t take a rocket engineer to figure that out. He is who he is. I am who I am. It’s best we’re not playing together again.”