Golf fans can be forgiven if they feel like the results on the PGA Tour in the last three weeks have them feeling like they are in a Time Warp.
Two weeks ago in Mexico Phil Mickelson, who was more prone in the last two seasons to finish anywhere from 14th to 44th on the Leaderboard, snapped a winless streak dating back to 2013. This week, Tiger Woods, whose career achievements have been earily linked to Mickelson up to now, came teasingly close to doing the same at the Valspar Championship.
There is no denying that whenever and wherever Tiger plays, he draws interest and eyeballs. This was true even when Woods was out of contention. You can imagine the buzz generated within the Gallery at Palm Harbor, Fla. as Tiger steadily climbed the Leaderboard from Round 2 on.
Even the competition had to be experiencing a little case of deja vu. Brit Paul Casey shot a 10-under par 274 for the Valspar Championship win, yet he was relegated to an afterthought. Lost was the fact that Casey is a pretty decent golfer himself. He can now pair his second PGA Tour win with 13 European Championships. Welcome to Tiger’s World Paul Casey.
Maybe we won’t see Tiger (or Mickelson, for that matter, be as dominant as they have been in the past. However, one thing was clear as the gallery filed out of Palm Harbor on Sunday: Tiger tying for second with Patrick Reed at the Valspar Championship was a win for the PGA Tour, the broadcast partners, and the fans.