Tiger Woods gets a win, sort of
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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: TIGER'S PROGRESSION
• Frys.com Open: T-30
• Australian Open: 3rd
• Presidents Cup: 2-3-0
• The Chevron: Win (unofficial)
• Abu Dhabi Golf Championship: T-3
• Pebble Beach National Pro-Am: T-15
• WGC-Match Play: T-17
• Honda Classic: T-2
• WGC-Cadillac Championship: WD
• Arnold Palmer Invitational: Win
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.''
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Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.
TIGER'S DROUGHT OVER
Not since November 2009 has Tiger Woods won an official tournament anywhere in the world. That changed Sunday at Bay Hill with Woods' 72nd career PGA Tour victory. Tiger Tracker