Tiger on a Sunday

If we take a look at the road Tiger Woods has traveled in the past 3 years, we can draw one conclusion: It was a bumpy one. His personal life was turned upside down and broadcast to the entire world, endorsements were lost, and his golf game was nearly destroyed. Now I am not here to judge or point the finger at what’s right or wrong, because frankly I don’t think it’s any of my business. I am here to talk about how Tiger Woods proved he’s still the world’s best golf player in the final round of the AT&T National on Sunday.

Before I get into the swing that captured the title of Play of the Week, let’s see exactly what Tiger’s win achieved. First and foremost, it gave him 74 PGA Tour wins out of 271 starts in his professional career. That comes out to a win percentage just above 27%, or in laymen terms, he wins more than one out of every four tournaments he plays in. Sunday also gave Woods enough wins to surpass Jack Nicklaus and trail the leader Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour wins in a career.  “Slammin’ Sammy” was no doubt a great golfer, but what he accomplished in 30 years, Tiger is on the verge of doing in less than 20. With nine more PGA Tour wins, Woods will solidify his position as the best.

Sunday’s win also gave Tiger Woods the title of being the first player to grab three wins this season. In a club of only three strong, Tiger leads the pack of multiple wins this year. His first win came at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after a long and frustrating 2 1/2 year dry spell of zero wins. Then we witnessed one of the most dramatic finishes of the year at the Memorial Tournament, where the Tiger we all know and love sent a chip shot to the bottom of the hole. The third win for Woods this season came at the AT&T National, and was also his 22nd tour win achieved after trailing when entering the final round of play. Tiger opened the tour one over par at 72, and then finished out the rest of play under par at 68, 67, and 69 for a combined 8 under par.

The TicketCity Play of the Week comes from the green, where golf is won. And when you putt like Tiger did on the 15th hole of the Congressional, it’s hard to lose. In the final round, Woods was looking at a 21-foot birdie shot that could seal his victory at the AT&T National and indeed it did. Take a look and enjoy the TicketCity Play of the Week.

Deja Vu for the Devils

Hello again and happy Monday. What an amazing week it was in the world of sports. There is Baxter’s clutch catch to save Santana’s no hitter, a first for both Santana and the New York Mets’ ball club. Then there was the NBA Conference Finals where OKC came back from a 2-0 disadvantage against the Spurs to tie the series and Boston doing the same against Miami. As if this wasn’t enough for one week, Mexico defeated Brazil 2-0 with an amazing chip-shot off the right post and a well deserved penalty kick. We even got to see some vintage Tiger in the Memorial Tournament with his version of the chip-shot that sent him to the top of the leader boards. I could stop here and be completely satisfied with how my weekend of pure sports bliss went, really I could, but there is more.

The Los Angeles Kings are at it again. To recap, the Kings entered the Playoffs as the 8th seed, the last seed. The highly underestimated, as we now know, Kings have only lost two of their 16 playoff games. The first came in round one against the number one seeded Canucks and the second came from Phoenix in round three. Other than that, it’s been nothing but wins. Continuing this winning theme  in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Kings have taken a 2-0 lead, with both of the W’s coming in overtime at the New Jersey Devils’ home rink. I would hate to speak too soon, but with the next two games at home for the Kings in L.A., we could possibly see a Stanley Cup sweep.

Now, the play that topped this spectacular seven days of sports heaven. Almost identical to their win in game one, the Kings scored in overtime again to win game two. Twelve minutes into OT, after a very brief attack by the Devils, the Kings sent the puck up to Drew Doughty at center ice. Doughty makes a game changing back hand pass to a wide open Anze Kopitar, who only has the goalie to beat. Kopitar flies down the ice and in one sweet, swift motion finds the back of the net for the win and deja vu for the Devils.

Your one and only TicketCity Play of the Week! Enjoy.

Tiger Is Back

Yesterday it was announced that after knee surgery and the arrival of his new son, Charlie Axel, on February 8th, Tiger Woods will make his return to the PGA Tour next week at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.  Clearly this was big news and fans were excited.  The Tour was excited.  But what did the players think?

I thought the other Tour players might be a bit deflated that the phenom would be coming back to dominate and steal the scene once again.  Nope. 

Thought they might be a little let down knowing that their chances to come out on top in tournament play just got slimmer.  Not even.  (I know there’s the knee, but come on, it’s Tiger. ) 

Certinaly thought they would be a little irked at all the attention the Tour and the Accenture Match Play Championship would get now that Tiger’s back, yet they’d been there all along.  Not a chance. 

What did the players think and openly express?  That the Tour is cooler with Tiger.  That the Tour hurts without him. That Tiger’s return is some really good news in this crappy economy. 

Next week will certainly be something to see, for the Tour players and the fans.  In an online survey by Newsvine, 41% of fans (at time of posting) are already betting he’ll win the event.  So golf fans, get your tickets for this year’s tournaments now while they can be still be found.  Hmmm, maybe Tiger can single-handedly pump a little life back into this economy…

Read more about Tiger’s comeback and players’ reactions here.