A few weeks ago I finally watched a documentary on Tiger Woods’s reign of The Open, which actually aired on Sky in July. (If it is still lingering on your Sky Plus make sure you sit down and watch it.)
Although I was pretty young when Tiger ruled the roost I can still remember his dominance, when someone mentioned golf, they mentioned Tiger Woods. The documentary was a great reminder of how good he actually was, and if he did not win that week, he was still pretty darn close.
At present we have some great players in the world, I am thinking the likes of Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, but they have not mastered the level of consistency that Tiger managed for so long.
All being well Tiger Woods will be returning to the competitive golfing field this week when he lines up at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, hosted by, himself!
Mutterings from the Tiger camp over the last few months have been particularly positive. For the last few years he has been blighted by a back injury and after extensive treatment he is apparently whacking the ball as far as he could 15 years ago. However the Tiger who appeared as Vice Captain at the Ryder Cup looked a shadow of his former self, will he ever be able to get good enough to win on the PGA Tour again?
Tiger has now been away from the sport for over a year, his last competitive round being in August 2015. He underwent two back operations in the following two months and has taken his time to ensure his rehabilitation has been progressive and successful. Will this all be enough to ensure the Woods of the early 00’s returns to the Tour this week?
So how are we going to measure whether if this is a successful return for Tiger?
A top five finish?
Score by three shots?
Or simply finish injury free?
Personally I would like to see him win on the PGA Tour this season and be competitive in a Major.
Now talking of Majors, there is also much talk of if/when Tiger can gain that important 15th Major. His last Major victory came at the 2008 US Open, the closest he has come since was a second at the 2009 PGA. Tiger failed to make the cut in three Majors last year and has been a non-runner through 2016.
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Personally the one tournament I think he can win is the Masters. Augusta has seen many repeat winners, it often throws up some surprising performance (Hello Danny Willett) and accuracy is often the key. Therefore if you are desperate to have a Tiger bet before his return this is the one I would recommend.
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