WGC Cadillac Championship 2013: Tiger Woods and Other Big Winners from Event

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 11, 2013

DORAL, FL - MARCH 10:  Don Butler, Vice President Marketing at Cadillac poses with Tiger Woods and the Gene Sarazen Cup after his two-stroke victory at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa on March 10, 2013 in Doral, Florida.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Just a month out from the 2013 U.S. Masters, "former" Tiger Woods has issued a statement to the rest of the world in his WGC Cadillac Championship win.

I'm back.

It might seem a little premature to call that for the golfing legend, but given that this is just the first time in five years that Woods will enter Augusta with more than one win on the season under his belt, it's definitely valid to suggest that the veteran will be a top challenger for the event.

If not the favorite to win it all.

Yet as impressive as Woods' performance was in Miami, he was not the only one to emerge as a "winner" from the event. Several other big-name golfers thrived under the conditions, and used the tournament—for various reasons—to put them back into the winners' circle.

Read on to see the biggest winners from the WGC Cadillac Championship.

Rory McIlroy, T8th overall

Given all that's unfolded with the world No. 1 both on and off the course this season, finishing with a top-10 finish will do wonders for Rory McIlroy.

His form and mental strength had been under great question throughout the opening part of the year, with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki also coming under fire, and it seemingly left the world champion unable to achieve the same level of performance that he had throughout 2012.

That was until this weekend, when McIlroy fired a huge seven-under par 65 on the final round to take him inside the top 10 for the tournament.

He proved to the world that McIlroy is still one of the top golfers in the world (if not the top) and he proved to himself that he does have the ability to come back and challenge in any event. Even when things don't seem to be going the way that he would have wanted.

And that, a month out from the Masters, could turn to be big lesson learned and a key turning point in McIlroy's 2013 season.

Adam Scott, T3rd overall

Australian Adam Scott was six-under par heading into the final day and seemingly without a chance of catching the leaders. Yet, had it not been for the steel and resolve of Woods here, Scott might very well have walked away with the championship victory to his name.

Scott fired an incredible eight-under 64 on the final day—in very tricky conditions—to finish in a tie for third with veteran performer Phil Mickelson.

That performance will no doubt give Scott the mental advantage that he can truly step up again at Augusta and challenge the best in the world once more.

Tiger Woods, 1st overall

Yet there can be no bigger winner at the WGC Cadillac Championship than Tiger Woods, who showed that he is once again the man to catch in golf.

Woods was superb throughout the week, and despite posting his worst score in the final round was still able to record a relatively simple victory. That just goes to show how strong the former world No. 1 was playing in the opening few rounds of the tournament.

Woods will no doubt enter Augusta National as the favorite to win the Masters, having performed so well on the course throughout history. And with two wins under his belt before the Masters for the first time since 2008, expect the United States star to be a real danger once again this time around.

He didn't give too much away about his excitement or feelings after the win; rather, Woods opted to focus on how he could improve and continue to play better.

Which, given his form and mental toughness here, will seemingly make for one very tough competitor by the time the prestigious event rolls around in April.

Who were the big winners from the 2013 WGC Cadillac Championship?

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