Never doubt a Tiger

Tiger Woods overhauled a three shot deficit to win the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone yesterday.

Trailing Irishman, Padraig Harrington, the surprise round three leader, Tiger took advantage of a 16th hole triple bogey from his rival to win the revered event.

Controversy surrounded the chief referee’s decision to warn the final pairing for slow play, where they were put on a shot clock, having to take theirs  shots within a time limit. Failing to do so would have brought financial and stroke penalities. Enforced on the 16th hole, it is perhaps one of the factors that prompted Harrington’s shot selection on the nightmare hole, which ended in an approach shot going into the water.

Critics of both players were writing them off after disappointing Open performances, with the severest of critics doubting Tiger’s major winning ability, following knee surgery last year. Winning the WGC event will go some way to silencing such doubters.

Similarly, Harrington, suffering a complete loss of form after multiple swing changes this season, was an unexpected leader. Runner up spot will, however, put him back into the world’s top ten rankings.

All eyes will be on the pair going into the final major of the year, the USPGA at Hazeltine, which starts this week.


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