Gary Woodland was made for playing golf at high altitude.
"Felt like it was meant to be this week," Woodland told the Golf Channel after his win. "It proves I'm doing the right things, working the right way. Still have a long way to go but I'm excited about it."
Woodland finished off with a round of seven points but in reality it was a 69. The tournament employed the Modified Stableford Scoring system where holes are worth points.
After winning in Tampa in 2011, it looked like Woodland was on his way to stardom but an injury set his game back. He struggled all of 2012 but regained his strength and form in 2013, changed his golf clubs to Callaway and has steadily improved all season.
This win is his best finish since a T16 at the AT&T National in Washington D.C. He remained one of the best drivers of the ball on Tour but he has improved his short game ans scrambling ability.
"I hired Pat Goss the week of Augusta and this is the second time I've led scrambling since then," he said. "He really changed everything and it's starting to pay off."
Woodland also reflected on his mental game preparation for Tahoe.
"I was trying to stay calm all week; not get too high, not get too low, really focus on what I was doing," Woodland said. "I knew I was playing well, I just had to go out and execute."
Woodland extends a great run for Sunflower State on Tour, after Woody Austin won in Mississippi. He is also the connection to professional golf in this state. As he said, it's starting to pay off.
Inbee Park made people pay attention to women's golf this week. Who, you ask?
Park was gunning for the her fourth straight major title this week at the Women's British Open. She would have been the first person since the great Bobby Jones won the Grand Slam.
And even as impressive a feat as her going for a fourth straight title, it wasn't very large on the radar screen. Stacey Lewis won and Park finished well back. We should be celebrating Lewis win instead of talking about what Park didn't do. But she made some sports fans pay attention to the women's game that normally wouldn't. What Park did was impressive. She could still win four majors in a calendar year since the LPGA plays five and not four.
I'd like to say we will never see what she did again but we will, because we already have. Tiger did it.
Speaking of TW, he might as well move to Akron, OH he feels so comfortable at Firestone Country Club. The world's number one player won the Bridgestone Invitational for the eighth time in his career. No one in PGA Tour history has ever won a golf tournament eights separate times.
It felt like he won the tournament on Friday after his second round 61 to take a commanding lead and then he coasted in from there. He won by seven shots. SEVEN.
But all of this matters not because it's not a major title. He will onnly be judged by major championships. That's all that matters right now. Woods will become the winningest PGA Tour player of all time. He will probably win 100 tournaments. And if he never wins another major, it won't matter.
It's not right, but that's the standard we have built for Woods on the course.