Actually, WGC stands for Woods Gets the Cash. Tiger has won eight of the 14 WGC events in which he has played and more than 10 million dollars. In fact, if you counted WGC events alone, Woods would be 41st on the PGA Tour career money list.
We all know Woods is No. 1 on the career money list, fast approaching 50 million dollars. This was his 40th career Tour win and he hasnt yet completed eight full seasons as a professional. We shouldnt wonder so much about whether he will get to 80 career victories - Sam Sneads record is 82 - but when he will get there.
Tiger Woods is 28 years old.
And, oh-by-the-way, you wont be hearing any talk any time soon about whether Vijay or Ernie or anybody else is going to make a run this year at Woods at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings.
Its kind of funny, Woods said afterward. A few years ago when I lost in the first round you guys were saying how bad you are as a professional at Match Play. How come you cant win matches? Youve won matches in amateur golf and you cant win them as a pro.
How quickly we had forgotten. Woods had won three U.S. Juniors and three U.S. Amateurs. There really should be no argument any more that Woods is best match play player of all time.
Fact is, the only compelling question of the moment in mens professional golf is can anybody stop Woods at Augusta in six weeks when he arrives looking to notch his fourth Masters.
Butch Harmon, Woods former swing coach, thinks Phil Mickelson has the best chance. Mickelson reached the quarter finals at Accenture and won the West Coast Swing points race with five top seven finishes in five events including a victory at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Ernie Els will be waiting in Dubai later this week for Woods arrival. Vijay Singh, the worlds second-ranked player, failed to advance past the second round for the fourth straight year at La Costa and will take the week off (thats a relative phrase with Singh) while the U.S. Tour stops at the Ford Championship at Doral.
The West Coast Swing was a memorable one for several reasons. Stuart Appleby showed us he is ready to have a breakthrough year by winning in Hawaii. Els defended at the Sony Open as did Weir at Riviera.
The biggest surprise was the return of John Daly and his dramatic victory at the Buick Invitational. Then there was Woods convincing reassertion at La Costa.
It is interesting to note that Woods play, by his own admission and standard, is still erratic at this point. One round will produce long, straight thunderbolts with the driver followed by shaky putting. The opposite will happen the very next day.
But the plan is to put it all together by Augusta. And Woods is learning a little bit more about how to peak for the majors each year.
My whole goal is to basically prepare and get ready for the Masters, he said.
Was La Costa a statement win?
I dont know about a statement, Woods said. Im playing the same way as I did the end of last year. Im playing solid golf. Ive had top 10s in every tournament Ive played this year, so Im very positive about that.
In other words, everybody else is officially on notice.
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