Originally published on October 8, 2017
If you’re a golf fan, then you probably know about Tiger Woods’ recent struggles with injury. Since 2008, Woods has only played in more than 15 tournaments in a season three times (played in at least 15 every year from 1997-2007). In ’11, ’14, ’16, and ’17 combined, he only played in 17 tournament. His last win came at the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013 and his last major win was at the U.S. Open in 2008.
Personally, I’m a big fan of Woods and believe that Tiger being Tiger is the best thing for golf. Could you imagine this young group of firepower we have in golf right now competing alongside Tiger? I think it would be unbelievable to watch. Sadly, that’s not the case though. We caught a slight glimpse of this back in 2012 and 2013 when Tiger and Rory McIlroy won a combined seven tournaments and were considered two of the better golfers at the time.
The odds that a 41 year old Tiger Woods can return to a competitive level are very slim. His body is obviously failing him. As a fan of the game I just want to see Tiger playing again. Seeing Tiger’s anywhere on the leaderboard is a win.
At the time, Tiger is currently rehabbing from a back surgery he had in April of this year. The surgery took place to alleviate the pain of back spasms Woods’ had been dealing with. At the end of August, Tiger tweeted a video of him pitching around the green. When I watched this video I got a little giddy on the inside. I know it’s just a few shots around the green, but still.
Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching pic.twitter.com/tboq1L3Xdn
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 31, 2017
All this excitement though was brought to a halt in an interview at the Presidents Cup. Tiger was asked about his future and he he said he doesn’t know when he’ll be back or if he’ll ever be back to playing competitive golf.
“My timetable is based on what my surgeon said. As I alluded to last week, I’m hitting 60-yard shots. I’m hitting it really straight … it’s a joke, smile, OK.” -Tiger Woods
This last weekend some of the doubts were reassured when Tiger tweeted another video of himself hitting.
Smooth iron shots pic.twitter.com/v9XLROZnfW
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 7, 2017
Now I know that this doesn’t make it 100% that Tiger will ever play in a tournament again, but just the fact that he’s hitting again is a positive sign. He’s obviously doing whatever he can to get back and play again. As a fan of golf and Tiger, I believe that this is a truly a good sign for the game. Even if Tiger never really is able to come back at least we’ll have the stories. No matter what, Tiger will be a great ambassador for the game and someone kids can still aspire to be like.