Graeme McDowell has taken Tiger Woods to an extra hole play off in a thrilling final day at the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in California. Although the course was considered as Tiger Woods’ “back yard”, it fought back at him today with a very average round from the world number two. He had been leading the first three days of the tournament with McDowell always closing him down each day, yet McDowell’s persistence really paid off today.
The final hole of the 4th round, saw Tiger Woods stiff his second shot to 3 feet at a time where both Woods and McDowell were all even at 15 under going down the last hole. However, McDowell hit a pretty average shot to about 35 feet away from the flagstick. McDowell went on to hole his long putt as did Woods forcing the players back to the 18th tee to re-play the hole as a play-off.
Both players struck the fairway from their tee-shots with McDowell further away from Woods thus making it his order of play. McDowell struck his second shot to a similar position he did moments before with the familiar 35 foot putt for birdie. Woods on the other hand failed to replicate his faultless shot he had hit earlier, but instead ended up about 20 feet away, below the pin.
Unbeliveably, McDowell went on to hole his putt for birdie once again, a quite brilliant shot form the Norther Irish golfer. Woods ball simply slipped just past the hole leading to victory for Graeme McDowell.
It has been a great 2010 for the World Number Four, Graeme McDowell, a year which saw him win the US Open.
Tiger Woods on the otherhand, has failed to win a tournament all year. He will be looking to put this season behind him and concentrating on returning as world number one come the end of the 2011 season.