For Tiger Woods, even though it had been two years since his last victory, winning the 2011 Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California felt just like old times. Woods drilled a 10 to 12-foot putt on the 18th and final hole to beat Zach Johnson by a single stroke. Woods shot a final-round 69 on Sunday.
"I know it's been a while, but for some reason it feels like it hasn't, because when I was coming down the stretch there I felt so comfortable. I felt comfortable at [the Australian Open], I felt comfortable at Augusta. When I put myself in these positions, it is comfortable," Woods said in his press conference after the final round.
Woods was down a stroke with two holes to play, but birdied both the 17th and 18th hole to pull out the win. When asked how he felt, Woods was beaming. "I won the golf tournament. I pulled it off, one down with two to go. To go birdie-birdie there is as good as it gets," he said.
Woods joked that he hoped this victory would help springboard him to a Comeback Player of the Year award in 2012, but also quoted an unnamed friend, who cited LL Cool J in a text to Woods after the victory: "Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years."
Woods moved from 52nd in the World Golf Ranking all the way to 21st with his win.
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