First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Tiger Woods on a victory well deserved. He performed with amazing competence on a difficult course in Bay Hill. Out of the final eight pairings on Sunday, Woods was the only golfer under par and he beat out his closest competitor in Graeme McDowell by a comfortable five strokes. After his win, Tiger Woods is now in 7th place on the 2012 PGA Tour Fedex Regular Season Points list which takes into consideration each event played and how well each golfer performed. Woods is now 6th in the Official World Golf Rankings. The win was undeniably huge, but let us take more into consideration.
The competition was not as fierce as it could of been. There was a noticeable lack of participation from some of the sport's most elite athletes. Rory McIlroy has been dormant for the past several weeks after his earlier victory in Florida. Luke Donald did not enter after he won last week. Lee Westwood did not participate, nor did German superstar Martin Kaymer. Let us not forget that the only reason Tiger Woods did not win the Honda Classic after his 62 on Sunday was because of McIlroy.
Further, while Woods played solid, his competition did not. They seemed to collapse around him. Woods let his fellow competitors make mistakes. He mitigated risks and navigated the difficult course with minimal loss while the others could not of made it more easy for his victory.
I say this because the European contingent of elite golfers is not likely to perform like the other competitors at Bay Hill did. The reason golfers from Europe dominate the World Golf Rankings is because they are unrelenting in competition and will not fall to pressure. If Rory McIlroy had been in Graeme McDowell's position, it is very likely that he could of out performed Tiger Woods in the final round.
Again, I am not writing this article to detract from Tiger's impressive feat this past Sunday. He is still my favorite golfer of all time and I wish him the best of luck. However, making the mistake that Woods is completely back to full domination would be a fallacy. The 2012 Masters starts on April 5th and the European contingent of elite golfers will be in full force. I anticipate the results with excitement and trepidation. May the best man win.
I am an avid fan of the sport of golf. I enjoy being up to date with all the new faces and watching the close matches on a weekly basis.
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