I have not been shy talking about my love for Tiger Woods, I’ve even mentioned it on this site before. Behind maybe Michael Jordan, he has been the most well known athlete in my lifetime. He was on top of the world, dominating a sport like few have ever seen before. Yes, that all came crashing down on that memorable Thanksgiving evening when he drove over a fire hydrant. To say it was a turning point for him would be a gross understatement. He hasn’t won a major tournament since 2008, and has dealt with injury after injury. I have a ten year old nephew who loves golf and thinks Tiger is somewhat of a joke, as Woods hasn’t truly be relevant in the PGA Tour standings since my nephew was born.
Tiger went through his third back surgery in October, and gave a tremendously revealing interview to Time Magazine in December. He spoke about many things in the interview, including his desire to not have any additional surgeries, and simply to live a life where he can play with his children. This man has been so driven his entire life to become the best at his sport, but now he was basically admitting that his best days are behind him and there may be more important things out there than hitting a little round ball around for money.
No timetable was listed for Tiger’s return, and he said so in any interviews he took part in. He simply said that he needed to get healthy. A story started circulating Sunday that Tiger was in very bad shape. The below is from an anonymous Twitter account, “Secret Tour Pro”
A reporter from Fox Sports reported something quite similar. Frankly it humanized Woods, everyone is wondering when he was going to return to the Tour, and now people are just hoping he can have a normal life. This report was the lead story on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption Tuesday. Tiger’s agent, Mark Steinberg denied the claims, but the media was basically writing his obituary.
That was until this morning…
Tiger posted a simple 13 second video on Twitter showing that famous swing. It seems as if it was Tiger’s way of using the famous Mark Twain quote
The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
That small clip has been put on just about every major media outlet, and of course now the conversation will get back to ‘When will Woods be back?’ Regardless of whether Tiger makes it back to his old form, it is great to see him on his feet moving around. The golf world is a much more exciting place with him around, and looking forward to seeing him back on the course.