Just one year after Tiger Woods was part of the epic collapse that cost his American team the Ryder Cup, which furthered fueled speculation that the legend would never again be the king of his sport, Woods is about to cap off a dominant season with a dominant Presidents Cup.
Team USA has an overall lead of 11.5 to 6.5 in this race to 17.5.
Due to weather delays, Saturday's action was not completed. Four of the five matches still have to be completed. The International side is in the lead by two, the Americans' one-and-one is halved. So, if those matches hold, the International side will enter individual play trailing by 12.
After completing the unfinished matches, each golfer will battle in singles match play to finish up the competition.
The International team can still comeback—after all, the European side trailed by four heading into the final 12 matches of last year's Ryder Cup, and that didn't stop it from roaring back.
However, this is not last year, and Woods is a big reason why. Last year, Woods and partner Steve Stricker couldn't pick up a point, and Woods left the Ryder Cup without a win.
Woods has been teaming with Matt Kuchar in this event, and the partnership has been fruitful. They have yet to drop a match. However, they do currently trail Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge by two with nine holes left to be completed. De Jonge has been insanely good at this event, by the way.
Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see Woods and Kuchar pull off a comeback. Both Woods and Kuchar have been dialed in, and Woods is hitting the kind of shots that break opponents' backs.
On Saturday, Woods stood in the fairway 238 yards from the pin on the par-five 15th and fired this laser at the pin:
That is the kind of fire and reaction we've all grown accustomed to seeing from Woods in big moments over the years. Although, it's not one we saw a lot of this year.
Woods faltered in the majors in 2013. He couldn't manage to put together four solid rounds in the four biggest tournaments. There weren't the kinds of iconic shots like the above five-wood on the big stages this year. And there is no doubt that left his season feeling incomplete.
It's easy to get carried away in the negative with the lack of majors, but the reality is Tiger was dominant this season. He easily led the tour with five wins on the year en route to reclaiming his No. 1 ranking.
Now, he is about to put an exclamation point on that season. And if you ask me, the fire and intensity he's found at the Presidents Cup will help pave the way to him adding at least one major next year.
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