2 years, 26 tournaments, 749 days.
That's how long it it took one of golfs most feared talents, Tiger Woods, to snap an inexplicable losing streak that saw everything from injury to infidelity keeping the legend from getting his groove on. But after birdies in the final two holes at the Chevron World Challenge, Woods can finally put one more win notch in his mostly filled belt.
Trailing former Masters Champion Zack Johnson by one shot with two holes to play, Woods turned to his sometimes unreliable putter to seal the deal. He holed a 15-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th to pull into a tie with Johnson, then hit a 9-iron from 158 yards that landed on the ridge behind the hole and rolled down to 6 feet.
"I've been in contention twice this year, which is not very often," Woods said. "So that's my third time with a chance to win it. I pulled it off this time."
Tiger has gone through a lot over the past two years, much of his own design, and has seen a historic career putter it's way into more of a traveling sideshow as of late, but with this win, it could be just the beginning of a resurgence for Golfs most popular ambassador. Whatever the future holds for him, whether it be more wins or disappointment, at least right this moment he is savoring a much needed win.
"I felt normal, felt very comfortable," Woods said. "I've been here so many times that, you know, I just feel very comfortable being here in this position. Was I nervous? Absolutely. Always nervous in that position. But it's a comfortable feeling, and I enjoy being in that position. For some reason, it's kind of a comfort to be in there with a chance to win."
This is Woods fifth time winning the Chevron Challenge, which he hosts for his foundation. He finished at at 10-under 278 and donated the $1.2 million to his foundation. As far as ranking go, the win moves Tiger from No 52 in the world up to No 21.
The Chevron was Woods last tournament of this year and won't be participating in another till the Abu Dhabi at the end of January. With the win, expectations for next year will be through the roof with everyone, including his peers, expecting big things from the former No 1 golfer in the world.
"I don't think we're going to see another 2011, if that makes sense," Jim Furyk said, alluding to Woods failing to reach the FedEx Cup playoffs this year. "If he steadily progresses, keeps getting confidence and moving forward, he's going to return and be one of the best players in the game again."
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