Woods out of the shadows, but it still isn't vintage Tiger

Woods out of the shadows, but it still isn't vintage Tiger

Augusta, Ga.

If the long-hitting 20-somethings believe they saw vintage Tiger Woods win the Masters on Sunday, they had better dig out a VCR or DVD recorder and take a look at some old highlights.

Woods showed over the second half of last year that he can contend in major championships, making a run in the British Open and PGA Championship. His one-shot victory over three players in the top 10 of the world ranking proved that he can win.

“From what I saw,” said Tony Finau, a Tiger-worshipper who was in his playing group Sunday, “he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Congrats to him on his 15th major.”

Woods, who vaulted from 12th to 6th in the Official World Golf Ranking, will be a threat to win other majors, but let’s not start talking about a Tiger Slam just yet.

This is a 43-year-old whose body has been invaded by eight surgeries on his knees and back. He won his fifth Masters more on guile and course knowledge than physicality.

The 20-something, scar-free Woods won 10 majors, four of them by five or more strokes. He was as dominant over a 12-year span as any athlete in any sport. When Woods teed it up, others were playing for second.

That Tiger doesn’t live here anymore. A younger, injury-free Woods would lap the field in driving distance. He was a pedestrian 44th among the 65 players who made the Masters cut.

He won by the slimmest of margins over new No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 3 Brooks Koepka and No. 9 Xander Schauffele because he led the field in greens in regulation (80.5 percent) and didn’t card a double bogey.

“Luckily,” Woods said, “I had the procedure on my back, which gave me a chance at having a normal life. Then, all of a sudden I realize I could actually swing a golf club again. I felt if I could somehow piece this together that I still had the hands…

Source: Times Unition
Woods out of the shadows, but it still isn't vintage Tiger

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