No time for Tiger celebrations
Tiger Woods won’t have much time to celebrate his seventh WGC-Bridgestone triumph on Sunday.
Tiger Woods won’t have much time to celebrate his seventh WGC-Bridgestone Invitational triumph on Sunday.
Not with the US PGA Championship coming up this this week.
Woods, bidding for a a third victory in as many weeks, for a 5th PGA title and his first major this year, will immediately get back to work at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota today (Monday).
His win in Ohio took the world number one’s victories worldwide to 90, his PGA Tour wins to 70 and gave him his fifth PGA Tour title of the year following other successes at the Bay Hill Invitational, the Memorial and the AT&T Classic and the Buick Open.
But that will all be put aside now as Woods focuses on the task ahead at Hazeltine, collecting win number 91 and the 15th major victory of his career.
“It’s going to be a quick turnaround ,” Woods said. “I’ll be out there tomorrow.
“I’ll celebrate quickly today.”
Such is Woods’ well-honed routine for preparing for a major that he said the dramas of his final round locked in battle at Firestone with Harrington would not unduly affect him.
“I would say no because I’m going to do my normal routine,” he said.
“I’m going to play Monday and Tuesday and then do nothing on Wednesday, just practice, that’s it.
“Wednesday will be my rest day.
“Get to know the golf course a little bit on Monday and Tuesday and then shut it down Wednesday.”
Woods’ victories in the past two weeks came in the wake of him missing the cut at last month’s Open Championship at Turnberry, which was just the fifth MC of his 13-year professional career.
Woods said he just put that down to a bad stretch of holes and his success to some good stretches.
“I just felt that I had six bad holes, and that six bad holes took me out of the championship, and I only missed the cut by a shot,” Woods said of his premature exit at Turnberry.
“It wasn’t, I don’t think, as bad as everyone thought it would have been.
“I kept hearing it was just devastating for me to miss the cut, miss the cut by a shot.
“I said, ‘guys, I just had one bad stretch’.
“And you have those bad stretches, and unfortunately it cost me an opportunity.
“You’ve just got to not have those bad stretches, just clean it up a little bit.
“I was able to do it the last couple weeks, and instead of having a bad stretch, I had positive ones.”
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