It has been a long time since Tiger Woods looked this good. The superstar absolutely dominated the WGC-Cadillac Championship and left with his second victory of the year.
Woods entered the day with a four-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell. He was able to extend that almost immediately with a couple of early birdies and ended up finishing at 19-under.
Throughout the weekend, he was spectacular with almost every club. He was putting the ball close to the pin and then finishing with his most consistent putting in a long time.
After a terrible performance a week ago at the Honda Classic, where Woods finished with four double bogeys, the 14-time major champion put together an outstanding performance from beginning to end.
The victory also has more significance, according to Ryan Lavner of the Golf Channel:
Ryan Lavner @RyanLavnerGC
Tiger Woods closing in on his 5th victory in his last 19 stroke-play events. If he wins at Bay Hill, becomes world No. 1.2013-3-10 22:33:00
This was a star-studded field, and you can see plenty of recognizable names near the top of the leaderboard.
Final Leaderboard for WGC-Cadillac Championship (via PGA.com)
|Place||Player||Score to Par|
|T12||Charles Howell III||-9|
Woods avoided mistakes throughout the tournament, but he was also able to take advantage of opportunities. He had three birdies on the day and 27 holes under par for the tournament.
One of those was the par-three fourth hole, where the golfer put the ball just a few feet from the pin.
However, there was more than one superstar playing well on Sunday. Phil Mickelson had a weekend to remember, although it was not enough to catch the leader.
He finished with an overall score of minus-14, including a 71 on the final day of competition. One of his best shots was on No. 2, when the lefty made an 18-foot putt look easy.
Once Mickelson faded down the stretch, the eyes started to turn to Steve Stricker. He made things interesting with this chip-in on the 13th hole.
While he was unable to catch Woods, the veteran should be happy with a second-place finish.
Also in contention was McDowell, who came into Sunday in second place but was unable to make up any ground on Woods. This chip was one of the better shots on the day.
Two other well-known golfers had impressive showings on Sunday, although they were too far back to contend for the win.
Rory McIlroy made up for dropping out of last week's tournament by coming through with a 65 on Sunday. Overall, he finished tied for eighth place with a score of 10-under for the tournament.
This approach allowed fans to remember that he is still one of the more talented players on tour.
Adam Scott also had a nice day, finishing with a score of 64 to allow him to tie for third place.
Still, the man of the hour was Woods. He had played well over the past two years, but this performance gives hope to fans that he is ready to take over the sport once again.
With the Masters coming up soon, he will look to win his first major championship since 2008. If he plays like he did this weekend, no one will be able to beat him.