If there was any doubt that Tiger Woods has returned to form, it should have been erased after watching him perform this weekend. The former No. 1 player in the world and current No. 2 dissected the golf course at the Trump Doral Resort in Miami to win by two strokes.
Woods’ two-stroke victory was deceiving, as he was in complete control the entire last round and only a bogey on the 18th and last hole of the day dropped his winning margin to just two.
Since the end of 2009, sports writers, fans and television commentators have found fault with Woods’ golf game. To find fault with his game now would mean only perfection is expected in a sport that makes that impossible.
Woods led the tournament wire to wire, as he opened with a 6-under par on Thursday to tie for the lead and never looked back. The victory was his second of the season in just four tournaments. His overall game has improved dramatically but his putting stroke and short irons were the most notable improvements seen this weekend.
Of course, his latest victory, his 76th on tour, does not guarantee him a victory at Bay Hill in two weeks or another win at the Masters in April. However, it does show how well he is performing under swing coach Sean Foley and how much of a threat he is to win another major.
Caddie Joe LaCava said Woods played his best 72-hole tournament since he started carrying Woods’ bag back in October of 2011. It was Woods’ fifth victory in his last 18 tournaments played and his fifth win in the last 50 weeks. If Woods can win at Bay Hill, he will once again be ranked No. 1 in the world.