Three Australians were among the 30-man Tour Championship field last week when Tiger Woods captured his first win in five years, and 80th US PGA Tour title.
Although the Australians would have rather have won a first victory at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club since Adam Scott in 2006, the trio were still impressed at Woods’ historic comeback win.
Here’s what they told Australian Golf Digest at East Lake.
Marc Leishman, world No.23
“I’m not surprised to see him win; he’s a proven winner.
“He was pretty close; to dominate the way he did on a course like East Lake.
“He’s now close to the top 10 in the world; not that he’s worried.
“He’s improved every time I’ve played with him. At the Masters you could see he was a little rusty. He’s improved every facet of his game that needed it.
“He’s obviously ticking all the boxes and fully trusting his body now.”
Jason Day, world No.11
“I think for him to be on the golf course playing is good, but he is not happy until he wins
“Winning the Tour Championship means his comeback has been a success
Cameron Smith, world No.32
“You definitely notice the difference when he’s in a tournament.
“This was my first Tour Championship, so I’m not sure what it’s normally like. But this was pretty crazy.
“Myself, I wanted to play better but it was cool to see first-hand what it’s like when Tiger wins a tournament.”
*Australian Golf Digest was the only Australian golf magazine at the Tour Championship.