Posted by Keelan on January 29th, 2007 2 Comments
He started the final round tied for fourth. In the end, Tiger Woods won the Buick Invitational by 2 strokes after a final round 66 (low score of the day) to capture his 7th tournament win in as many starts – moving one win closer to Lord Byron’s record of 11 and into second place alone on the list of most consecutive PGA Tour wins.
Of those that Tiger was chasing or tied with at the beginning of the day, Charles Howell III gave him the biggest challenge, shooting a 4 under par 68.
Brandt Snedeker, who opened the tournament with an 11 under 61, could only manage one more under par in the next three rounds, his final round 71 put him 3 back of Woods and third overall.
Other contenders didn’t fair very well up against Tiger in the final round.
Andrew Buckle, who pulled out in front mid-round, finished with an even par 72 on Sunday, good for a tie for fourth.
Kevin Sutherland shot a 2 over 74; Bill Haas a 3 over 75; and Troy Matteson a 4 over 76.
With the exception of Howell, who had an eagle putt on 18 to tie Tiger (he ended up with a 3 putt par), most of those with a shot at stopping Tiger’s streak were rookies, near rookies and/or much lower ranked players.
No one, including me, gave any of them much of a chance at the beginning of the day. Much better and more experienced players than them have crumbled when up against Tiger.
Is Tiger’s current streak and dominance since joining the PGA good for golf? I think so. Just as Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan were great for hockey and basketball.
As Tiger continues to break every record, I think more and more people will want to watch him do it.
Particularly, when golf is not top of mind for many people in North America right now because it’s too cold/snowy to play, Tiger’s streak is a reason to be insterested even though the golf season is 3 or 4 months away.
Next stop, the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates, where Tiger is the defending champ.