Golf’s prodigal son returned to competitive play this past November, 301 days since his last tour appearance. The venue was the Bahamas, and it was the Hero World Challenge.
This latest comeback of the 14-time major champion is greeted with much anticipation by golf enthusiasts, for sure. It’s been more than two years since Woods posted a top 10 score, more than four years since his last victory, and going on 10 years since he last raised a major championship trophy.
A slew of back injuries and “extra-curricular” brushes with the law have hounded the golf star. But his wide, toothy smile, focus, and trademark fist-pumps were in full effect. Too bad Woods couldn’t really get going in this new return, finishing with back-to-back bogeys en route to a four-under 68 showing and a 9th-place finish.
Still, Woods made six birdies and an eagle during a torrid start in the final round, which was more than okay for his memorable and encouraging comeback from fusion back surgery. His very presence in the golf course is enough to drive tons of fans back to the game, perhaps led by the intrigue or truly hoping that Woods can rewrite history once more.
One thing is sure: each time Tiger Woods is in competition, even the most recognized new names in the sport like Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Dustin Johnson become doubly focused on their games and on winning. Woods has always upped the ante, and his repeated comebacks should pay off one of these coming days. And by then, we wouldn’t be surprised: if anybody can do it, it has got to be Tiger.