Dominating Tiger's never boring

Great to watch a legend at work

Bob Warters's picture
Mon, 18 Mar 2002

Dominating Tiger's never boring

I have to admit snooker and tennis became boring, even to a sports nut like myself, when Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Pete Sampras so dominated their respective sports that the results became almost inevitable.

Tiger Woods continues to stamp his authority on golf but still makes the tiny hairs on the back of my neck tingle every time he stands over the ball.

Apart from the obligatory tap-in, you never know what's coming next.

After a shaky start to the season, he's turning up the heat on his wannabee rivals to such an extent that even great players are making elementary mistakes in a bid to keep up.

Woods shot a final-round three-under-par 69 to win the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando on Sunday for the third year in a row, as his nearest challengers stumbled behind him.

Phil Mickelson took one risk too many and David Duval, threatened until he took a card-wrecking nine.

It was left to Michael Campbell of New Zealand to executive an outrageous chip-in at the final hole to get within four shots of Tiger's unassailable lead.

At 26, the American is the youngest in history to reach 30 tournament victories and don't bet against him to make it 31 later this week at the Players Championship.

It's a mouth-watering prospect and I'll never tire of watching him try.

*Europeans acquitted themselves well at Bay Hill, with Jose Maria Olazabal, again leading the chasing pack in a tie for 7th - how he'll be mised at the Ryder Cup - with Sergio Garcia, 9th and Paul McGinley 25th.

A pat on the back, too for Sandy Lyle, who, after a luckless few years, proved he can still pull out the occasional form in a tie for 40th place.