When Tiger Woods was in his prime, there was plenty of talk about the “Tiger Effect” on other players. Basically, having to go up against Woods would cause other golfers to shrink in big spots.
We might have seen some of the “Tiger Effect” today as Francesco Molinari melted down with the lead. Molinari was done-in by a brutal 12th hole.
Brooks Koepka also missed a late putt on the 18th hole that ended any chance he had of tying Woods. He finished one stroke back in a tie for second place.
After Woods’ win, Koepka, who has won back-to-back U.S. Opens and held off Tiger at the PGA Championship last year, had a simple, yet telling reaction.
Koepka, resigned, smiles: "He's just good, man. What else can I say?"
— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) April 14, 2019
Now, Koepka and Molinari are two of the best in the world. They have won majors and know how to close them out.
However, they couldn’t match up with Woods today, who looked like his old self after all these years.
With his 15th major championship in tow, we’ll see if Tiger can make a push for Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors.