Tiger Woods, 2013 PLAYERS Champion Portrait, Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, FL

Tiger Woods, PLAYERS Portrait - Chris Duke

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March 10, 2014

The end of a tournament is very tense for the armchair golfer. I was overjoyed that Tiger Woods won THE PLAYERS title again in 2013, and was delighted to paint him in the context of his second Sawgrass victory after having painted his 2001 triumph years before. In the rightmost image, Tiger has just unveiled his 2001 portrait in the Sawgrass clubhouse gallery in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The image of his head alone will be featured on one in a series of banners lining the road to the Sawgrass clubhouse.

Tiger's red Sunday shirt is a gift to an artist who loves to paint color. For the 2013 art, I loved once again painting the iconic 17th hole. This treacherous island green, key to Tiger's brilliant 2001 victory, humbled Sergio Garcia in 2013 in the final Sunday round. In golf, much can hinge on a misplayed moment. Most golfers occasionally land themselves in a jam. It is fascinating how, on any given hole, some recover with a deft save while others simply can’t recoup from a poor swing. Sergio’s fumble was a heartbreak. However, the scene quickly changes and attention shifts. It was glorious to watch Tiger and his caddie celebrate.

My other Professional Golfers Association (PGA) PLAYERS champion portraits, which I paint each year, can be seen at the link below.