A comeback story in sports really does something to warm any man or woman’s heart. Whether it’s in team sports such as football and basketball, or individual ventures like boxing and tennis, there will always be a soft spot for athletes who seem to rise from the ashes and claim glory once again. Take Tiger Woods, for instance.
After more than a year of being out of the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods recently announced he’s set to make a comeback – where it all started – in April’s Masters. The former world number one backed himself that he’ll be 100 per cent injury-free come the spring season, making the prospect of a fifth Augusta National green jacket all the more enticing. (Photo: pixabay)
As many recall, Woods went through grueling months of surgery and rehabilitation the past couple of seasons, so many media outlets see this comeback as an exciting time to relive his storied career. Golf experts Play Your Course even complied a handful of memes and featured those in their blog post, ‘Here are the Best Reactions to Tiger Woods Returning to Golf’.
The 14-time Major winner hosted his first press conference in 2017 at the exclusive Riviera Country Club near downtown Los Angeles. This same course will also be the venue of the Genesis Open, a golf tournament set to tee off on February 16th, hosted by Tiger Woods.
He’s slated to play four times in five weeks, including the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, the Dubai Dessert Classic in Dubai (a tournament he won in 2006 and 2008), and the aforementioned Genesis Open. In addition, Woods is preparing to play in the Honda Classic, this time in Palm Beach County, Florida.
As much as his fans are eager to see him on the course and make a comeback, Tiger Woods is more than thrilled to be part of the tour once again. During his recent press conference, he claimed: “I am very excited and just looking forward to competing again and getting out there and playing and being part of it again.”
“I feel good about playing four of the next five weeks and all I need to do is just go out there and do it and see what happens,” Woods added. “But then I know feeling good about it and then going out and doing it, is a completely different matter.”
Of course, many will welcome this comeback but whether he can ever achieve the greatness he reached earlier in his career will be extremely difficult. For Tiger Woods, maybe touring the world and playing in various golf tournaments – post-injury – will revitalize his 41-year-old body. But knowing how competitive the enigmatic Woods is, he will be looking to compete at the very top in the coming months. No one should rule him out regardless of his recent struggles. After all, this is Tiger Woods - arguably the greatest golfer to have ever lived. Here’s hoping for another touching sports comeback story.