What TPC Sawgrass Results Mean for the Remainder of the PGA Season
Tiger Woods won The Players Championship and has put the golf world on notice for the remainder of the PGA season. Woods acquired his second career victory at TPC Sawgrass by shooting 13-under par for the tournament.
Tiger’s Sunday afternoon included five birdies, but a double bogey on No. 14 opened the door for several other players. One of those golfers was Sergio Garcia.
Garcia was tied with Woods until he put three balls in the water on the final two holes. The historic island green at the 17th lost his first two shots, leading to a score of four-over for the hole.
After an exciting weekend of what many consider golf’s fifth major championship, the PGA tour is heating up with the US Open only a month away.
Young Talent Will Compete
The final TPC leaderboard showed there was plenty of young talent able to compete for this tournament.
The most surprising name is that of 25-year-old David Lingmerth. The Swedish rookie was actually putting for an improbable birdie on 18 that would have sent him to a playoff with Woods.
For being very inexperienced, Lingmerth showed a lot of poise on the big stage, finishing in a three-way tie for second.
Other youngsters that succeeded this weekend were Rory McIlroy, Casey Wittenberg, Webb Simpson, Roberto Castro and Jason Day. These five players are all under the age of 29 and each finished in the top 20.
Phil Mickelson Will Be Inconsistent
Phil Mickelson had another disappointing turnout this weekend.
After finishing third last week at Quail Hollow, Mickelson missed the cut after failing to break par in two rounds at The Players.
Despite having three top-10 finishes this year, Mickelson hasn’t been able to string together solid tournaments. He won the Phoenix Open back in February and then proceeded to finish 60th the following weekend.
He also hasn’t performed his best during the big tournaments. Along with missing the cut at TPC Sawgrass, he placed 54th at last month’s Masters.
Sergio Garcia Won’t Win a Major
Sergio Garcia had a chance to silence his critics Sunday with another Players Championship win over rival Tiger Woods. That all went out the window as he hit back-to-back shots into the water at the par-three 17th.
Garcia was true to his usual form of choking during the big moment. With a good opportunity to surpass Woods, Garcia showed he simply doesn’t have what it takes to win important tournaments.
Even though he’s had a very successful career on tour, Garcia has never won a major championship since turning pro in 1999.
Any optimism about this being the year for Garcia has disappeared after his dreadful performance on the final two holes.
Tiger Woods Is Back
The phrase has been uttered numerous times the past few years, however it’s now truer than ever. Tiger is back.
The world’s No. 1 player showed he’s still the elite performer of the PGA Tour by winning his fourth tournament in only seven events this season.
In fact, he’s won three of the last four tournaments he’s entered with the only exception being a fourth-place finish at the Masters.
Barring the one mistake he made on the 14th tee, Woods was incredible during the final round. While wearing his Sunday red, Tiger showed the killer instinct he had during the prime of his career.
With the victory, Woods improved his record to 53-4 when entering the final round with a share of the lead. If he continues his hot play, the rest of the tour will be forced to watch his dominance again.