Woods bettered Phil Mickelson on Sunday for his second win of the year and looked like the Tiger of old. That’s terrific because at the same time Mickelson and Ernie Els, who picked up a win in Dubai, are also nearing the top of their games. Maybe, finally, we’ll get that three or four-way battle in tournaments that everyone has been hoping for since Tiger’s great run in 2000 and 2001.
Even Jack Nicklaus, who has often said Woods will eclipse his career records, is now on record stating that Tiger has some tough foes playing alongside him.
“He’s certainly going to have increased competition that he hasn’t had in past years,” Jack Nicklaus said Monday. “You heard me a couple of years ago. What will happen to Tiger? I said a lot of his competition had not shown up yet, or guys playing against him will raise the level of their golf games.”
Apparently the competition has shown up. Let the games begin.