There has been some compelling golf being played at Royal Pines in the Australian PGA, but all that is but an afterthought as the really important golf news capturing the golf world’s attention is that Tiger Woods has returned to competitive golf, and he has not been totally sucking in the process.
The 41-year-old Woods, however, playing in the Hero World Challenge in Bahrain, is no match for a pudgy 24-year-old Japanese player named Hideki Matsuyama.
If Matsuyama were to display the typical Japanese respect for tradition, he would know better than to so badly out golf Woods, the tournament host. Matsuyama, going into the final round, has a seven-shot lead over Americans Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, and he has left Woods a distant 11 strokes in arrears.
In the Australian PGA, Andrew Dodt appeared poised to past a wire-to-wire victory, but his three under par 69 in the final round was not sufficient to preserve his victory in the face of his final round playing partner, Harold Varner III.
The tournament was the decider in the Australian Order of Merit, which went to Matt Griffin, despite his 40th place finish, earning him a spot in the British Open in 2017.