Woods chasing momentum for 2014
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 World Challenge presented by Northwestern Mutual | Preview | 04 Dec 2013
Tiger Woods gets one last opportunity to regain some momentum heading into 2014 and perhaps hold off what appears to be a relentless charge by Adam Scott to claim his number one position in the game.
Scott began 2013 in 5th position in the world ranking but some seven points behind the then world number one, Rory McIlroy, and more than 2 points behind Woods.
Woods, who has returned to his number one status, has a lead of just 1.75 points over Scott but he has an opportunity in essentially his own event at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in Thousand Oaks in California this week to consolidate and extend his lead.
Woods finished 3rd at his last start in Turkey although there have been a few indifferent finishes around that. His last victory came at the WGC Bridgestone in Ohio in August.
Graeme McDowell will defend the title he won by three shots over Keegan Bradley, the Northern Irishman coming off several solid if unspectacular finishes in recent starts.
The eighteen player field includes five players from the world top ten namely Woods, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker and Jason Day who moved to number ten in the world last Sunday after his 6th place at the Australian Open.
The match -up between last week’s Australian Open winner, McIlory, and Woods might well be a feature of the week but Day might fancy his own prospects.
Two weeks ago Day was the leading individual at the World Cup of Golf before a strong weekend at the Australian Open. He has been only average in this event in the past but he is in good form and playing with confidence and will escape the scrutiny he has been under at home in Australia of late.
Bradley was very ordinary in Japan last week but he can be forgiven that effort and he may well bounce back this week.
It may contain only eighteen players and bring the season to an end but this week may well tell the story of where things may head in 2014.