Commentary

Tiger Woods gets a win, sort of

Originally Published: March 27, 2012
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

Tiger WoodsRobert Meggers/Getty ImageWoods unleashed a major-victory-esque roar after winning the unofficial Chevron World Challenge.

Chevron World Challenge, Dec. 1-4, 69-67-73-69 (Win)
Although the victory was not "official,'' Tiger Woods didn't consider it any less meaningful. He won for the first time anywhere since Nov. 15, 2009, when he rallied to birdie the final two holes at Sherwood Country Club to defeat Zach Johnson by a stroke.

It was only an 18-player field, but 11 of the golfers were ranked in the top 25 in the world and the victory was worth a significant number of world ranking points, vaulting Woods to 21st in the world from outside the top 50. He had dropped as low as 58th.

Woods had squandered a lead on Saturday when he bogeyed three of the par-5s to fall a stroke behind Johnson. Woods led by 2 strokes early on the back nine Sunday, only to fall behind heading to the final two holes, both of which he birdied.

His 3-under-par 69 was his third score in the 60s of the week and gave him nine in his past 11 stroke-play rounds. And it was a nice boost heading into a seven-week offseason.

"It feels great. … I know it's been a while, but also for some reason, it feels like it hasn't,'' he said. "When I was coming down the stretch there, I felt so comfortable. I felt comfortable in Oz [Australia]. I felt comfortable in Augusta. When I'm putting myself in those positions, it is comfortable.''

Next tournament: Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.

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