Last year, Tiger Woods had to withdraw from the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship with a left Achilles injury.
This year, he won the tournament outright.
It had been six years since Woods won the Cadillac Championship. That was despite collecting six wins and eight top-10 finishes in his first eight appearances in the tournament from 1999-2007.
On Sunday, he survived a late scare to emerge victorious.
Headed into the final round at Doral, Woods had posted 24 birdies and 74 putts, his best numbers through three rounds in a tournament in his entire career. But he almost lost it at the end on Sunday, posting two bogeys in his final three holes to beat Steve Stricker by two strokes with a 19-under-par 269.
Tiger tacked on three birdies on Sunday to finish with 27 birdies, just falling short of his career high in a tournament (28).
Interestingly enough, after withdrawing from the Cadillac Championship last year, Tiger instantly won his next tournament at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He went on to post seven more top-10 finishes in 2012, including two more wins.
It's almost as if the troubles at Doral last year propelled Tiger. That wasn't more evident than when he won on Sunday. Most notably, Woods was better than the field average in driving accuracy, driving distance and putting average, via WorldGolfChampionships.com. He put together a well-rounded game of golf, staying relatively consistent throughout the tournament.
This marks Tiger's second win on the PGA Tour this year. Considering he had three victories all of last year, this could prove to be a special campaign for the 14-time major champion.
One thing's for sure: We saw glimpses of vintage Tiger at the 2013 Cadillac Championship. He may never be able to display the consistent level of play he once did, but the ability is certainly still there, and he's no longer going through nightmares on the golf course.
It appears Tiger has put the 2010 and 2011 campaigns behind him. He's back to being the threat on the links who thrills his fans and worries his competition.
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