IS TIGER’S BACK?

GOLFE - - GOLF WORLD -

When in mid-March, Rory McIl­roy lifted the tro­phy from the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional Pre­sented by Mas­ters Card at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida, many of the eyes were still look­ing the other way, where Tiger Woods chat­ted leisurely. It’s true Rory has not won on the PGA Tour since 2016 (the last win was the Tour Cham­pi­onship in At­lanta, which gave him the vic­tory in the FedEx Cup), but Woods had not played this golf for many, many years. A few weeks from the Mas­ters, the for­mer world num­ber one, has sur­prised by the con­sis­tency and con­fi­dence of his game. He was fifth in Florida - a tour­na­ment that won four times - and most im­por­tantly he walked in the last round with only a stroke from the lead. The pre­vi­ous week, the Tiger was sec­ond in the Valspar Cham­pi­onship in Palm Har­bor, clos­ing the tour­na­ment a stroke be­hind of the win­ner, the English­man Paul Casey. On the 18th green, Woods nar­rowly missed a 20-me­ter putt that would force the play-off. At 42, with four surg­eries on the back in 2016 and 2017, the ques­tion is whether the liv­ing leg­end of world golf will be able to re­turn to win­ning ways. He who has won 79 times in the PGA, has not won any tro­phy since 2013, pre­cisely at the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional.

Quando a meio de Março, Rory McIl­roy levan­tou o tre­oféu do Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional Pre­sented by Mas­ters Card, no Bay Hill Club & Lodge, em Orlando, Florida, muitos dos ol­hos es­tavam ainda a ol­har para o outro lado, onde Tiger Woods con­ver­sava des con­tra ida men te. É que, se Rory já não gan­hava na PGA Tour desde 2016, quando venceu o Tour Cham­pi­onship em At­lanta, que lhe valeu a vitória na FedEx Cup, Woods já não ap­re­sen­tava este golfe há muitos, muitos anos. Apouc as se­m­anas do Ma ste rs,o anti gonúmero um mu nd ial,t ems ur preen did opel ac ons istênc ia econ­fi­ança do seu jogo. Foi quinto clas­si­fi­cado na Florida – um torneio que venceu qua­tro vezes –, e mais im­por­tante an­dou na úl­tima volta a uma pan­cada da lid­er­ança. Na se­m­ana an­te­rior, o norte-amer­i­cano foi se­gundo no Val spar Cham­pi­onship, em Palm Har­bor, fe chan doot or ne io au map an ca dad oven ce dor,oinglês Paul Casey. No green do 18, Woods por pouco não fazia um putt de 20 met­ros que forçaria o play-off. Aos 42 anos, e com qua­tro op­er­ações às costas em 2016 e 2017 ,adúvi­daésa ber seal end aviv ado golf emu n dial va icon­segu ir regress aràsvitórias.E le que­jáv en c eu 79 vezes na PGA, não con­quista qual­quer troféu desde 2013, pre­cisa­mente no Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional

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