By Billy Perlmutter

1-28-13  Tiger Woods won his 75th event although it did not look pretty in the end. Tiger Woods came out the winner of the Farmers Insurance Open today. It was clear at the start of the day that Tiger would win, with him starting the final back nine of the tournament with a six shot lead over Nick Watney who eventually finished tied for fourth. As the day went on and Tiger’s lead climbed (even to eight at one point) everyone watching knew that Tiger was playing “Par Golf”. It was obvious that Tiger was not looking to blow away the field with a score of 65 today. Tiger played it safe most of the round, aiming for the middle of the green and mainly two-putting his way to pars.

Tiger showed very promising signs that he could be nearing the form he once reached, but can we please stop asking that question if he is “back” or not? It’s time for golf fans to face the fact that Tiger will never return to the form he had before his accident on Thanksgiving Day back in 2009, for two main reasons.
  1.  He is now four years older than he was then and based off the facts of life he will only get older from here. Tiger is no longer a rubber band. We’ve seen the effects that Tiger’s golf swing has on his body and it can only get worse from here.
  2. As Tiger gets older, new fresher faces are entering the game. A perfect example of that is Rory Mcllroy. Mcllroy is the first ranked golfer in the world and it proves to Tiger that he needs to be looking over his shoulder. Mcllroy has just as good of a game as Tiger and he has the charisma to be just as successful on the golf course while being 14 years younger than Tiger.
Tiger has had a great career, and he proved that today winning his 75th event on the PGA Tour. Just because the accolades are starting to pile up for him doesn’t mean he’s the greatest golfer of all time or even the best golfer right now.

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