Tiger Woods’ victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational was the seventh time he has won the event, but surely none of the other six can compete in terms of satisfaction. Since his much publicised run-in with a tree and a short iron being waved around by his now ex-wife, doubts began to emerge about his ability to remain a force in the sport, but a comfortable victory at Bay Hill suggests he’s back to something approaching his grumpy best. Whatever your views on his nocturnal activities or moral fibre, it’s good to have him back and competing for big events. As he completed his occasionally tricky procession down the back nine, the twittersphere bubbled with talk of the upcoming Masters.
“It’s always fun to play the Masters and I’m looking forward to going to Augusta with the momentum I’ve built here,” explained the 14-time Major winner in that inoffensive soundbite style of his after the final round. Thankfully we don’t look for Tiger to provide us with interesting nuggets of wisdom or wit and the mere sight of him swinging the club well will ensure the tickets section of the Masters website will see a spike in visits in coming days. Whether or not he can win his 15th Major is open to debate, but the manner in which he hit the front and resolutely grinded it out hinted that finally technique and temperament may well be aligned. Tiger is measuring up well for his fifth US Masters jacket.