Tiger Woods is back, and it looks like he might be returning to form. The 42-year-old living legend has been the talk of the golf world since his return to the PGA Tour, and for good reason.
Woods had a second place finish at the Valspar Championship last week, and he put himself in contention this weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with strong opening rounds. He started the final day just five shots back of leader Bryson DeChambeau, and with a late charge found himself just one stroke back with three holes to play.
Cue Rory McIlroy.
The Irishman hasn’t won a tournament since 2016, but he’s notoriously streaky. McIlroy sat within the top ten to start Sunday, but not many would have predicted his meteoric rise over the last six holes.
McIlroy’s five birdies over the last six holes were good enough for a 3-shot victory over second place Dechambeau.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational is seen by many as a warm-up for the Masters, which will begin on April 5th at Augusta National, where Woods hasn’t played since 2015 and McIlory has never won.
A green jacket at the Masters would complete a career grand slam for the Irishman, who appears to be heating up at the right time.
— Danica Ferris