Albany, Bahamas, 02 December 2019: At the tail end of a memorable season, Tiger Woods is relishing his success and staying focused for the Hero World Challenge and the Presidents Cup next week. The annual limited field invitational at the Bahamas is gaining stature with each passing season and a victory for Woods this week could turn it up another notch.
The rousing victory at Augusta National, his fifth green jacket, helped Woods finally put an end to his major drought. It was his first major since he won the US Open in 2008, taking his tally of majors to 15, just three short of Nicklaus. At the moment though, Woods is keen on staying in the moment and not look too far ahead.
“Ït is just incredible to earn my way into another green jacket, the fifth time and then to tie Sam Snead in Japan was just unbelievable. I was 14-1 in majors with a lead going into the final round. It was fun to finally get one from behind. Who knows what the future holds? I have figured out ways of doing it in different ways and that bodes well for the future,” he explained.
And each time that Woods won an event, it made the venue and the occasion surreal by the wild reaction of fans and some euphoric coverage in the media. The manner in which crowds thronged after Woods on the 72nd hole of the Tour Championship at East Lake and the raucous response from normally uptight patrons at the Augusta National is the stuff of legend that will play on our screens for many years to come.
It is as if the drought wasn’t Woods’s alone to endure. The fans seemed equally parched for a Woods victory. And they let out a collective sigh of joy and relief that reverberated around the world. As the limited field takes to the tee on Wednesday this week, neither fans nor Woods might be longing as much for a third victory this season, but a Woods win will add to the lure of this event.
And a flood-ravaged Bahamas will hope for such an outcome, purely for all the global attention, it can bring the island. Meanwhile, the Tiger Woods Foundation and Hero MotoCorp announced that every ace ($2500), eagle ($1000) and birdie ($500) would contribute to the Dorian Fund, a flood relief fund in the Bahamas.
The event features the entire American Presidents Cup team minus Dustin Johnson and Woods will want to spend time with his team members on and off the field this week in preparation to another promising edition of the inter-continental tournament.