It was the exclamation point on a 5-under round of 67 to win his second PGA Tour event of the season and move into a tie for second place all time with 73 Tour wins.
Ironically, he tied Jack Nicklaus on the list by winning his tournament on Sunday.
Woods looked so comfortable in his swing today that even when he missed a shot, he wasn't upset, he wasn't screaming in frustration, he just moved on.
He started slow and then made his move, all while Spencer Levin and Rory Sabatinni fell around him. Which is fairly normal for old Tiger. But it wasn't old Tiger. Levin didn't completely crumble until 13 when he double bogeyed the par-4 then bogeyed 17. He is a good player but his time hasn't come yet.
Saying that Tiger Woods is back is a loaded statement. What does that mean? Is he back like he was in 2001? 2009? Does it matter? The fact that he was in contention today, let alone winning the damn thing was great for golf, tv and sports in general.
I spent my Thursday in Hutchinson, slapping around in the wind. A failed attempt at playing Highlands Country Club left me at Carey Park o the driving range. (Highlands is a great little track tucked back in Hutch. You'd never know it if you went looking for it. But it's a good little course with a surprising amount of water on the course. If you aren't paying attention, it will bite you.)
So in my failed attempt, I would not let the wind beat me on this day and went to the driving range at Carey Park. Nothing exceptional but it was a good practice facility. Flat area to hit from, bucket of water to clean your clubs and a bench to take a load off when you've had too much.
And it got me thinking: Why is this so hard to comeby in Wichita? It shouldn't be this hard. I am still stunned that only two Wichita city course have driving ranges and both of them are on the West side of town. McDonald, Sim Park and Clapp don't have ranges. How? McDonald used to be the old Wichita Country Club - I find it hard to believe that players back then didn't have a driving range? Golf clubs have driving ranges, this is not a rarity or a luxury to have one. Braeburn has one but only if you have a WSU Student ID card will you get the discounted rate of $9(!) a bucket. 9 DOLLARS! It was $6 at Carey Park and even in Denver, a bucket of range balls is like $7. Now Auburn Hills does a great job with their range and so does Tex Consolver. But unless you live on the West side of town - your practice session is going to be limited.