Tiger Woods did not get an easy draw this week.
Unlike Phil Mickelson, the world number four, who faced Brendan Jones, Tiger—number three—faced someone who had just won a tournament. I hope I spelled Jones' name right, because I have never seen it on a leaderboard, so I'm not entirely sure.
To put it simply, Thomas Bjorn has put Tiger down before. And not when he was riding a hot streak.
In 2001, Tiger Woods was the best golfer in the world. Nobody could touch him (Butch Harmon, just saying). Except for Thomas Bjorn.
In 2001, Tiger won the Players, the Masters, and three other tournaments, including a seven stroke victory at the Memorial.
However, when headed to Dubai, Woods came home with only a split of second place money.
How did this happen?
Thomas Bjorn took Tiger Woods' one stroke lead going into the final round, and turned it into a two stroke victory. He out dueled Tiger at a time when Woods seemed to be the favorite every week he played.
The Tiger Woods currently playing is not at the level of 2001 Tiger Woods.
He's getting there, though.
Last, let's give credit to Bjorn himself. He just won in Qatar and was coming in with some significant steam. It's not like Bjorn had dropped to 62 in the world. He ascended to this rank before this tournament.