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Positive Signs for Tiger, as Rickie Fowler smashes a final round 61 to win the Hero World Challenge

Monday, December 04, 2017

In the most highly anticipated December, non-official, non-PGA Tour, invitational 18 man field event of all time, Tiger Woods made his comeback to competitive golf, after multiple back surgeries, fusions, arrests, drug charges and goodness knows what else! It was his first start since withdrawing from an event in Dubai in February, and the golfing world was whisked into a frenzy.

According to his social media feeds, Tiger had only been fit enough to clip wedges in October, half swings at the start of November, yet here he was, smashing full blooded drivers and hitting it past Justin Thomas in the opening round. For most, it was a magnificent return to the game for the man who has done so much for the sport in terms of appeal, ratings, media interest and most importantly, financial investment in the game. 

Rounds of 69, 68, 75 and 68 were a mixture of dodgy chipping, clutch putting, woeful 3 jabbing, monstrous driving and superlative long iron play. The famous Tiger club twirls and recoils were particularly encouraging, as it seemed Mr Woods was genuinely enjoying his time playing well with the young stars of the game, particularly as he was doing so pain-free after so much time sidelined with injury. 

The Tiger Woods comeback saga was of course the major, and only, talking point of this event for most. However attention must absolutely be drawn to the incredible final round of the tournament winner, Rickie Fowler. He birdied the first seven holes straight, went out in 28, and absolutely cruised home to shoot 61 without dropping a shot. The man 1 putted 9 out of the first 10 greens! Observant fans will notice a little trick that Rickie uses that could help everyone's putting - just before he takes the blade away he raises the putter from the ground a hair, and then pulls the trigger. It really frees up his motion, reduces tension in the hands, and ensures he doesn't jerk the putter back funky, as so many club golfers do in trying to lift the putter and take it back in one motion.

Club golfers love trying out bizarre new methods to improve their game, but I propose this very simple method genuinely will help you relax over short putts and just let it roll!

Now whilst Rickie won the tournament, the real winner of the week was Cobra Golf, his equipment manufacturers. Dedicated fans of this blog will remember the article about the brand new range of Cobra metalwoods, F8, featuring a milled face, carbon fibre crown and all-round badass looks. Well, Rickie debuted this new driver, as well as the fairway woods, for the first time in the bag this week. A marketing team's dream! Brand new equipment winning immediately is an incredible result for Cobra, and Rickie was driving the ball seriously well all week; you can't one putt birdie every hole if you haven't got short shots in from the fairways.

Rickie's Bag in full:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Cobra King F8+ (Aldila NV 2K Blue 70x), 8 degrees
3-wood: Cobra F8+, 13 degrees
5-wood: Cobra F8+ Baffler, 14.5 degrees
Irons (4-PW): Cobra King Forged MB
Wedges: Cobra King V-Grind (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2 GSS prototype