28 January 2013

Don't overreact to Tiger Woods's win at Torrey Pines

It was not quite free golf but it did feel like it as Tiger Woods dominated the field of the 2013 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines to start off the season strong. When the final round commenced on Monday afternoon in La Jolla, Woods had a commanding lead and never came close to blowing a win, his seventh time winning this tournament and his eighth at this course, his first after winning this tournament four times in a row from 2005 to 2008. Woods now has 75 tournament victories in his career, seven behind the all-time leader, "Slammin' Sammy" Snead.

Many a person have proclaimed that Woods is fully back and ready to dominante as we are two months and change from the Masters. But I say, let's not overreact to this win.

I know what you are thinking, "Hey, a win's a win." And I agree, a win is in fact a win, especially as this is only Woods's fourth victory since the reports of his infidelity broke in November of 2009. He now has those four wins over the last calendar year, another thing he has not done since 2009. There is no question that his game is starting to come back around and he will be a serious contender in almost every tournament he plays in this year.

But let's stop acting like this victory is such an enormous achievement, because it's not at all. As I noted in the open, Torrey Pines is one of Woods's best courses, if not his best, and he has won on that course eight times, in case you missed me stating that earlier. Plus, this was not a great field either. Only one player in the top ten of the rankings, eighth ranked Brandt Snedeker, who ended up finishing second by four strokes, was in the field. Also let's not forget when Woods got his first win last year and we all thought he was going to go down to Augusta and dominate the Masters. Didn't happen.

Now, I'm honestly not trying to pooh-pooh Woods's victory in Southern California this weekend, he was dominant from the start until the end, even as his driver was a little shaky late. But let's just wait until April 14 to decide if he is really back.

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