Woods Wins BMW on Sunday, But Really On Saturday
Was there any doubt?
Entering his final round on Sunday at the BMW Championship, Tiger Woods was in a pretty good spot: 7-shot lead at a course (Cog Hill) where he had just shot a course record 62 the day before, and has won 4 tournaments at before 2009. Needless to say, Tiger needed only to show up to the course Sunday, play 18 holes of golf, and take home a trophy. In essence, the tournament was already over on Saturday.
At first, however, it seemed like Cog Hill wasn't ready to relinquish anything to Tiger on this Sunday... nor to any other golfer for that matter. Heavy fog in Lemont, Illinois caused tournament officials to delay tee-off times by over two hours while also reformatting the pairings to three golfers each and allowing half of the field to tee off on the first and tenth tees. Nevertheless, the fog eventually lifted and made way for a very warm mid-September day to shine through, and Woods was on the prowl.
All things considered, Tiger did exactly what he needed to in order to win: aim for the middle of the green and just play solid par-golf. Of course, we all know that a few birdies would be made throughout the day (not to mention an eagle on 15 that left me wondering about the laws of gravity after watching Tiger's ball come to a dead stop, only to again start rolling towards the hole) and a final score of 67 was more than enough to bring the BMW Championship home once again.
However, perhaps the biggest story of the day revolved around Brendt Snedeker and his 72nd hole of the tournament. Needing only a bogey to secure his spot in the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta, Snedeker recorded a triple-bogey 7 after lipping out two putts totaling no more than 8 feet in length. Those two missed putts forced Snedeker out of the FedEx Playoffs and allowed John Senden to claim the 30th and final spot for next week (1 point ahead of Ian James Poulter, to add insult to injury).
Overall, while Cog Hill proved to be a course that has made changes for the better after a Rees Jones renovation which will allow for talks of a future US Open, Tiger Woods remained dominant in Chicagoland while reclaiming the Top Spot in the race for the Cup.