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You have to salute Tiger for the way he absorbed pressure to hold off a hard-charging Ernie Els and a new-look Woody Austin playing out of his skin at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday.

You have to salute Tiger for the way he absorbed pressure to hold off a hard-charging Ernie Els and a new-look Woody Austin playing out of his skin at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday.
Not having brought his A Game to the final round – at least not until those critical four closing holes – it took nerves or steel and the focus of a laser beam to keep out in front and go on to win his fourth PGA title and his 13th major which, by the way, also includes four Masters, three Open Championships and two US Opens.
It was just another example of what a great professional this amazing talent is. He is more than worthy of being the World No 1 by the proverbial mile and, for that matter, of being rated the 21st Century’s greatest golfer by every bit as much.
And yes, fatherhood certainly hasn’t slowed him down as so many thought it would.
Little Sam was only born two months ago and already he’s back on a major rostrum – and this after also winning a WGC biggie, the Bridgestone Invitational, at unrelenting Firestone Country Club only a week ago.
Indeed Woods has hit such good form that right now this super-rich, super sportsman is looking a pretty good bet to take away that $10 million pot of gold waiting at the end of the PGA Tour rainbow this year.
Yet while he, Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson,the World Nos 2 and 3, carry the US flag high in men’s golf, it is the South Americans who seem to be grabbing the key titles in women’s golf right now, what with Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa heading the World Rankings and winning the most recent women’s major, the British Open, and Maria Jose Uribe (is it coincidence her first names are the exact opposite of Olazabal’s?) becoming the first Colombian ever to win the coveted US Women’s Amateur this weekend.
Scotland, a prolific producer of tournament winners worldwide in the early years of the 20th Century, hasn’t had too many winners in the first seven years of this one so Catriona Matthew”s triumph on the Ladies European Tour at the Scandinavian TPC at Malmo on Sunday will be warmly welcomed in Britain.
A toast to you Catriona!
Cheers
Neville Leck

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