The old guard of the PGA Tour is making its presence felt over the past week or two, as veterans Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are back with a vengeance.
Mickelson won the WGC – Mexico Championship last weekend, carrying water to quench the drought that extended over 101 tournament starts since his last win at the 2013 British Open Championship at Muirfield, Scotland.
Tiger Woods astounded the world of golf by getting himself squarely in contention going into the final round of the Valspar Championship in Florida. Considering the extended layoff Woods encountered with back issues over the past three years, for him to be just one shot back after only 13 rounds of competitive play this year is an ominous harbinger for the professionals who feasted during his absence.
Another veteran, Aussie Adam Scott, is just five off the lead in a tie for fifth, which is encouraging for the golfer who has seen his ranking slip, mainly through a lack of activity and a desire to focus on other areas of his life, more than any issue of a problem with his game. There are a lot of talented golfers between Scott and the top, but if he could post a low number early, he might add some intrigue to the final round. Something like a 63 would turn the trick. Bookmakers Free Bets – Early Betting.
Young Cameron Smith is eight shots back and he has been impressive for his consistency all season. Eight shots is too many to make up, considering the number and quality of the players above him, but he is proving that he is no fluke and could figure in the mix for the next 20 years.
If Tiger Woods continues on his current trajectory, he will ignite a new interest in professional golf that will serve to benefit everyone in anyway involved with the game.
Playing the 14th hole yesterday, he unleashed a 357-yard drive where he posted a club head speed of over 200 kph, the highest of any player this week.