Tiger Woods hoists the trophy after winning his second Players Championship title on Sunday. (Reuters)
Tiger Woods was preaching patience in winning his second Players Championship, and patience was indeed a virtue after he splashed one on 14 and uncharacteristically opened the door for others to come in and take it from him.
Woods was visibly shaken, but if you go by the scorecard, where it counts, he didn’t let it rattle him as he parred three of his final four holes, the only exception being a birdie on 16.
Instead of inflicting more damage on himself, Woods allowed somebody else to self-destruct, that being Sergio Garcia with his quadruple-bogey on 17. Meanwhile, rookie David Lingmerth simply couldn’t get it done on 18.
So patience did work for Tiger in his fourth victory of the year, but you couldn’t help think he was at times getting a little anxious for next month’s U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, which will reportedly yield birdies as Sawgrass did, but can be deceptive with its focus on precision.