On Saturday, there could not be happier news for golf fans than that Tiger Woods finally returning to the sport after seven months out due to injury and subsequent surgery. The rumor mill has gone on and on since the 15-time major winner withdrew from the Masters in April earlier this year in the third round due to a re-grading of his heel injury.
The way Woods has gone out especially over the past three years, there were many in the golf community who thought it was, for all intents and purposes, the end of the road for the 82-time PGA Tour winner. For months he could not walk properly, let alone exercise. Woods was not often seen but when he was, he was seen walking with a disturbed limp.
The first real sign that Woods might not be far from his return came from the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National qualifier in September where he married his very talented 14-year-old son Charlie Woods. Then, earlier this month he was on Charlie’s bag again at the tournament proper in Louisiana. 2009 Open winner Stewart Cink also revealed that Woods himself told him he started practicing. Woods admitted he was sick after spending four straight days in Louisiana. He also pointed out that his nice ankle that was worked on after the Masters was no longer worrying him but that there were other problems in the surrounding areas. “…But all the surrounding areas are where I’ve had all the problems and still can. So you fix one, other people have to be more hypermobile to get around it, and it might lead to some issues,” AP reported Woods as saying a few days back.
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The Hero World Challenge in Albany, Bahamas will take place on November 30, where Woods will be part of a field of 20 players. Woods, who also hosted the invitational event, hinted at possible participation by announcing the names of only 19 players last month and leaving one spot vacant. The Bahamas event is high-profile with some of the biggest names in golf featuring, such as FedEx Cup winner Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland, US Open champion Wyndham Clark and Open winner Brian Harman – no name. a few.
The fact that Woods has decided to compete at Albany suggests that he is in a good place mentally and physically. Over the years, the 47-year-old has shown that he does not believe in short cuts so his fans can be sure that he did not rush into his engagement in the Bahamas.
Since his car accident in February 2021, Woods has played very little golf. To be precise, Woods has only appeared in five PGA Tour events since the unfortunate accident in California. He has made cuts in four of those but only survived twice in all four days. Just weeks before the 2023 Masters, Woods had returned to the course at the Genesis Open after many months and finished the tournament with no fear.
The sport has suffered greatly in Woods’ absence. None of the current golfers can match his aura and charisma, and he may note that there are some top players in the world. Fans would hope this time that Woods will live much longer and if possible, he will overtake Jack Nicklaus, who won three more majors than him, and Sam Snead, who won as many PGA Tour titles. While the possibility of breaking Nicklaus’ record seems a bit far-fetched at this point since Woods has only won since 2008, he can certainly overtake Snead and become the player with the most wins. PGA Tour. That would be something! We don’t know how Tiger Woods will fare in the coming months but one thing is for sure that the spotlight will be back on golf – thanks to his much-anticipated return.
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