Tiger Woods' latest gift to golf fans

Alex Myers discusses Tiger's impressive runner-up performance, and the freaky stat that points to him winning this week.

Released on 3/12/2018

Transcript

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So, two amazing things happened for my birthday
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over the weekend.
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First, my house finally got power back
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after a week of living with the in-laws.
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And let me just say,
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I've never appreciated electricity so much.
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By the way I reacted to seeing my garage door open
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with the push of a button again,
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you'd have thought I'd witnessed a miracle.
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And then, I almost witnessed an actual miracle.
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Tiger Woods nearly won a PGA Tour event.
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The same Tiger Woods who had his back surgically fused
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less than a year ago.
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The same Tiger Woods who less than six months ago
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admitted he could definitely see a scenario
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in which he never returned to competitive golf.
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But remarkably, Woods hasn't just returned,
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the 14-time major champ has needed only 14 rounds
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to turn even his biggest skeptics
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into Tiger believers again.
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Consider the guy needed to make back-to-back
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40-footers on the final two holes to get into a playoff,
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and everyone watching thought he was actually
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gonna do it.
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There's still some magic left in those red shirts,
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just maybe not as much in the ones with the blade collar.
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Yep, I'm blaming the blade collar,
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and Paul Casey.
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Really, Paul, of all the weeks in the past nine years,
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you finally decide to win a PGA Tour event again now?
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Still, I saw enough to know that win number 80
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will happen for Woods soon.
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Perhaps even this week.
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Which brings us to potentially the eeriest stat ever,
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courtesy of Golf Channel's Justin Ray.
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Phil Mickelson's recent victory in Mexico
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was his first win in 1,687 days.
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And if Tiger wins on Sunday
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at the Arnold Palmer Invitational,
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he will also end a win-less drought of,
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you guessed it, 1,687 days.
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Side note, do not get a haircut on your birthday.
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Nothing makes you feel older than looking
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down at clumps of gray hair in your lap.
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At least, I had a certain 42-year-old
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to lift my spirits though.
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Because nothing in sports is more exciting
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than watching Tiger Woods in contention.
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The man turned the freaking Valspar Championship
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into the must-watch event of the weekend.
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So, thank you, Tiger, for giving golf fans everywhere
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more thrills, and for giving me a great birthday gift.
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But now that you're back, I'll expect a win next time.
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(upbeat music)
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