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#pounditThursday, February 22, 2024

Roy Williams keeping close tabs on Tiger Woods from NCAA Tournament

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Roy Williams is focused on trying to lead North Carolina to its fourth NCAA championship since he took over at the school in 2003, but the Hall of Famer can still find time in his busy schedule to monitor the progress of Tiger Woods.

At his Thursday press conference in advance of the Tar Heels opening round game against Lipscomb, Williams kicked things off with a comment that had nothing to do with basketball.

If you needed a reminder of how important Tiger is to golf and sports in general, that should give you some perspective.

Woods finished tied for second at the Valspar Championship last weekend, and he came up just short of forcing a playoff after he buried an incredible putt on the 17th hole. His surgically repaired back looked like it held up just fine, as Tiger played well all weekend and was swinging with confidence.

As Williams alluded to, Tiger also got off to a hot start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday. He dropped a 71-foot birdie to take the lead at the 16th hole.

As of Thursday, Woods is officially the Las Vegas favorite to win the Masters. He’s playing his best golf in years at the perfect time, and even legendary coaches who are entering the most important portion of their season can’t help but take notice.

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