THOUSAND OAKS, California (AP)—Earl Woods could blow smoke with the best of them, yet it was always entertaining.
Such was the case years ago when he was raving about how Tiger Woods thoroughly enjoyed the biggest stage in golf, because his son knew he could perform under pressure. But if it that were true, then how did Woods butcher the final round of the Quad City Classic when he had a chance to win in his third start as a pro?
“It took me awhile to figure out why he didn’t win,” Earl Woods said in a 2003 interview. “Then it dawned on me and I told my wife, ‘Tiger is going to win in Las Vegas.’ Because in his subconscious mind, he did not want to win his first tournament in some … place like Quad Cities.”
Woods ended the longest drought of his career—26 tournaments without a win over 749 days—at the Chevron World Challenge, and whether that was the ideal place for him to finally pose with a trophy again depends on the perspective.
In one respect, he came full circle at Sherwood Country Club.
This was the first tournament that Woods skipped in the immediate aftermath of Thanksgiving night 2009, when his personal life imploded. And it was at this tournament last year when he blew a four-shot lead and lost to Graeme McDowell in a playoff, a sign that something wasn’t quite right with his game.
On Sunday, he looked like the Woods of old by making clutch birdie putts on the last two holes to beat Zach Johnson, who played bogey-free on the back nine.
Adn let's start zeroing in The Masters in April.