November 20, 2011
Is he finally back? Who the heck really knows. But after a superb performance on Sunday afternoon, Tiger Woods finally seems to be back to his old ways -- securing big victories in pressure-packed events and looking like the guy we once talked about as a lock to be the greatest of all-time.
Those may be some bold words, but after watching Woods dispose of Aaron Baddeley during his Presidents Cup singles match, clinching the winning point for the U.S. squad, it's hard to not look at the former No. 1 ranked player in the world and believe things have finally clicked for him.
Woods' game had been coming around for some time. After posting a third-place finish -- his best of the season -- at the Australian Open, there were signs that he had finally found his swing. But there was still something missing.
That missing piece was a confidence boost. Rarely does Woods lack anything in the confidence department, but watching him struggle at times in the last year, you could tell he needed a little bit of swagger to finally put it all together.
It's too bad for Aaron Baddeley that Woods' confidence boost came at his expense. Slowly gaining momentum all week, Woods finally found his putting stroke against the Aussie, rolling in back-to-back birdies on the 5th or 6th holes to take a 2-up lead.
Before Baddeley could blink, he was dormie with five holes to play. Woods finally found his killer instinct -- his swagger, if you will -- stepping on the throat of his opponent and not letting off. It's been a while since we've seen the old Tiger but for 13 holes on Sunday, we got a glimpse, and to be honest, he looked scary good.
It's impossible to say if Sunday at the Presidents Cup was the start of a resurgence for Woods, but based on the way he's playing at the moment, you wouldn't bet against the guy getting on a roll in the not too distant future.
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