We watched TW play golf reminiscent of the Tiger of old yesterday on his way to a nice win over Graeme McDowell in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Tiger was a green and fairway hitting machine, plus his putter cooperated all week as well which is the reason we saw him pull away from the strong field that was nipping at his heels all weekend. Some of the popular golf media outlets have been touting that “Tiger is Back” and that he might be on his way to the form of the 2000 season in which he dominated the game like no one we’ve ever seen. While I’ll admit that his form is definitely looking good, and I think this win will open the floodgates for the rest of the season, I’m not sure we can start drawing comparisons to the Tiger Slam era just yet. It’s going to take a solid year, with multiple wins to begin regaining that type of mystique, but I do think he’s well on his way. Plus, we will definitely need to see at least one, if not two, major wins this year if we want to make comparisons to his game from 12 years ago.
So with Tiger getting back in the winners circle at Bay Hill, I’m wondering what all of the “Haters” are going to find to hate on now. They can’t say it was a crappy field. They can’t say that anyone handed TW the win. They can’t say that it was an un-official PGA event. So to all the Tiger haters..what’s your beef now? What have you got to hate on? Oh, and do you think Tiger is the favorite at Augusta? Seems like a pretty good pick to me.