Tiger Woods is currently tied for first at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with Charlie Wi at -10 for the tournament. The golfer had a brilliant round on Friday, shooting -7. He is set to tee off just before 2:00 p.m. ET today for the first time with a 36 hole lead in over two years. But somehow. the question remains in the mind of many spectators and fans of the sport, is Tiger back?
It would be difficult to argue the contrary. At the beginning of the 2012 season, Tiger Woods openly stated that he was ready to be competitive again. Although he has not claimed victory yet this season, Woods has been in the mix in nearly every tournament he has entered. Perhaps his biggest blunder in 2012 was being eliminated by Nick Watney in the second round of WGC Match Play in Arizona. Other questions about his putting abilities have been prevalent and numerous. He was not striking the ball well at all with his short stick and often leaving putts short. However, this has changed dramatically, beginning with the brilliant 62 during the final round of the Honda Classic, and the golfer has been performing well with his short stick ever since.
Another point on the subject of Tiger Woods is why is he always the focal point? There are tons of golfers out there who have been consistent in recent years. Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald, most namely. Further, a new breed of American young guns have emerged in the likeness of Keegan Bradley and Kyle Stanley. I would argue that the reason Tiger Woods is the focus is because he is the player that changed the sport of golf.
If it were not for Tiger, I would have never started watching golf. I would not habitually play the local courses in my area. I would not be writing articles on the subject. I would be like the many who think the sport is dull and uninspiring. The man is amazingly gifted, and when he is on, he is something special to watch.
So is Tiger back? You better believe it. At this moment, Woods is the heavy favorite to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, an event that he has won already six times in his career. Make no mistake that some very stiff competition stands in his way, but it would surprise me greatly if he does not come out victorious. However, if by chance, he does not win, there is no way you can positively state that the golfer is through. Look at his score card. Look at his stats. Even the Tiger "haters" will need to be honest with themselves and admit that they were wrong to ever doubt him in the first place.
Here's to another exciting finish and may the best man win.
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