Semi-retired Steve Stricker, who has earned $1.8 million in three events this year, has a future as a putting/short-game coach if he wants to keep busy. Stricker gave Tiger a putting tip on Wednesday at Doral, and now the 14-time major champ has been unstoppable, notching PGA Tour wins no. 76 and 77 in the last three weeks.
This week we’re giving you a By the Numberssmorgasbord, with a look at not only Tiger Woods’ latest win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but also the previous week’s victorious performances by Stacy Lewis — who ascended to world no. 1 (you go girl!) — at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and Kevin Streelman at the Tampa Bay Championship.
Australia’s face and voice of golf Luke Elvy and I return to our weekly wrap-up of the golf. Of course, this time we talk Tiger Woods and his record-tying eighth win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Luke and I decided to name the show, “The Clubhouse.” We’ll be airing it regularly at the conclusion of each PGA Tour event (which is usually Sunday evenings but with the crazy weather this year, who knows).
Tune in and I’ll send reminders on Twitter. We started taking viewer questions on this episode and we’ll continue to do that and increase interaction. If you have any suggestions, please send them our way. Thanks for watching!
Here are some additional Tiger-related facts following today’s victory:
After Tiger Woods birdied No. 2 at Bay Hill to get to 12-under and take a three-shot lead over Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, Ken Duke and John Huh, the horn sounded at 2:03pm on Sunday, signaling that play had been suspended.
Woods’ quest to regain his rightful position atop the rankings was delayed by monstrous thunderstorms. There was a tornado warning — and I’m pretty sure that was my first experience in a mini-tornado, which was pretty much just as frightening as I envisioned — followed by gusts up to 52mph and heavy rain showers.
Before the tornado warning and severe thunderstorms suspended play at Bay Hill, Sergio Garcia put on quite the show on the 10th hole on Sunday. Somehow he managed to hit his drive into a tree. Naturally, he climbed up into the branches and successfully executed a one-handed shot backwards, punching it back into the fairway. Well done…on the dismount, too.
Just about everyone is watching basketball, so it shouldn’t really matter, but I did a rambly wrap-up of the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. As you know, Tiger Woods leads by two over Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and John Huh.
Woods is going for his eighth victory at Bay Hill. Should he win, he will dethrone Rory McIlroy from the world No. 1 ranking.
Team Foley: Tiger Woods and Justin Rose share the same swing coach, Orlando-based Sean Foley
Tiger Woods didn’t have an ideal finish on Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, bogeying the last three at Bay Hill. He posted a two-under 70, a respectable score — which included two missed putts from inside three feet — for a 36-hole total of five-under, but he played better than he scored.