Born in 1975, Eldrick Tont Woods turned professional at the age of just 20. Just one year later Woods had already won three PGA Tour events, with the inclusion of his first major, the 1997 Masters. Arguably the most famous win ever, Woods’ red Nike jumper became an iconic look. Breaking the previous record for the course score, Woods was destined for success. In the same year he reached the world number one position, and would carry on to dominate the field throughout the 2000s. Woods had two remarkable spells at the top, lasting 264 weeks and 281 weeks respectively.
Woods had become a golfing icon with many young players looking up to him. He became a sporting superstar signing big contracts with TAG Heuer, and of course, Nike. He had his own personalised golf clubs and clothes, which only the very best were eligible to have. Woods currently sits 2nd in the all time PGA Tour wins, and 3rd in the all time European Tour wins. In total, Woods has won 35 individual awards, with many labelling him as the greatest of all time.
“There is no doubt every golfing fan would’ve loved to see Tiger win another trophy, no matter how big or small the competition was. But the hard facts were that it was just too soon.”
But after many personal issues away from golf, Woods began to fall off the radar. Several criminal charges and injuries meant Woods was no longer in the correct mindset to play golf for several years. However, in 2016, he announced he would be returning following successful operations on his back. A brilliant sight for all golfers, Woods was finally back on the tour. His return was much anticipated, but many knew he wasn’t the same Tiger as before. His body wouldn’t allow him to match the swing of his younger competitors. His putting wasn’t always up to scratch, and judging by his facial expressions, he was in pain. A return too soon perhaps? There is no doubt every golfing fan would’ve loved to see Tiger win another trophy, no matter how big or small the competition was. But the hard facts were that it was just too soon. Maybe Tiger had lost his touch, but wasn’t willing to admit it?
November 2017, and following another injury, Tiger is said to make a second comeback. This time at the Hero World Challenge towards the end of November. After a nine month recuperation from his latest back injury, Woods took to social media to tell the world he would be playing again. He may not be in the same shape as he was when he joined the tour, but seeing videos of that beautiful, iconic swing, can only make a golf fan’s hair stick up on end. We can’t wait to watch a (hopefully) fully fit Tiger tearing up divots on the golf course again.
Golf’s elite players have become better and better since Tiger took a break from the sport. No matter how well he performs during his return, the rest of the field will take some beating. His fellow USA teammates are arguably the best group of Americans ever to play the game at the same time, whilst competitors from other nationalities are also putting their names in the history books. It’s fair to say, Tiger’s return will make for cracking viewing.