Early this morning, Tiger Woods captured his third US PGA Championship, leaving him only six behind Jack Nicklaus’s record of major title victories on 18. Starting the day at 12 under par with co-leader, Luke Donald, it was clear that Woods had come to play when he holed a 12-foot birdie putt to go one ahead at the first.
With a further two birdies on the fifth and sixth holes, and an absolute monster putt on the eighth that left the gallery in awe, Woods had turned for home with a four-shot lead, and never really looked like losing. “I didn’t feel as comfortable as I may have looked, but I had one of those days I felt like I could make anything on the greens today,” Woods said.
Compatriot Shaun Michael finished outright second on 13 under with a steady final round of three under par, but was always playing for second. The only blip was when Woods found himself in deep rough on the 11th, although with his immense strength he managed to get the ball within 12 feet, and then promptly birdied the hole.
It was Woods’s fifth victory of the year, and his second major after his impressive showing at the British Open last month. With a total of 12 majors, passing Walter Hagen’s 11, and 51 victories worldwide in just ten years, many think it is only a matter of time before he overtakes Nicklaus for the title of the greatest golfer ever. Those that doubted him when he failed to make the cut at this year’s US Open, after taking a break from the game following the death of his father, are singing a different tune today.
Of the Australians, Adam Scott performed the best with five under par 67 in the final round, leaving him tied for third place on 12 under par with Sergio Garcia and overnight co-leader Luke Donald. Donald summed up the attitude towards Woods saying after the round, “He’s just too good…Unless you’re at the top of your game, you just can’t play with him.” It wasn’t such a good day for US Open winner, Geoff Ogilvy, who had a two over par round, dropping him to 9th overall at nine over par.