Article by: Peter Caceci
After more than a decade since his last major victory, Tiger Woods has stepped back into the limelight in one of the greatest sports comebacks in history by winning his fifth green jacket. Many sports analysts, as well as golf fans around the world, thought the American icon was past his prime and should exit the game before he continues to hurt his image even further.
Tiger Woods began his deep decline in November of 2009, where he was caught having an extramarital affair. Endorsements and sponsors started backing out one by one, as well as Woods losing his confidence to play a very mental game. Unfortunately for him, this was just the start of an uncontrollable nightmare. Back in May of 2017, Woods was pulled over and then arrested for driving under the influence. An infamous mugshot was then released to the public, showing a man that had seriously hit rock bottom. It was certainly a sad sight to see for many, as this man at one point in his career had revamped the sport of golf completely.
During his dark times, Woods also went through a few back operations, thinking that they would enhance his ability and bring him back. For a while, this did little to nothing, as with each operation an injury would occur while he played, and back he went with another procedure. At this point prior to his final surgery, the man had not played a major tournament in about 18 months. Looking for one last miracle, Tiger went through an anterior lumbar inter-body fusion, a surgery that was not only painful, but extremely difficult to perform as a doctor. Knowing the risk of what this could do to him, Woods came out and said that if the procedure did not work, he would retire from golf. After the procedure, and as the pain in his back ceased, he slowly began to train more and more, now starting to score well-above where he had been.
Going into the 2019 Master’s, many people believed that younger golfers, such as Italian Francesco Molinari, who previously won the 2018 Open Championship, would dominate the competition. This proved otherwise as Woods started making excellent shots, sinking extremely difficult putts, and drawing more attention to his ascension. The excitement reached its peak as Woods went head to head with Molinari, who was in first place throughout much of the tournament. Tiger would then push ahead and win the tournament, solidifying his comeback and his domination as a player.
At this point, who knows how Tiger's career will end, keep in mind this is just one major. But at the end of the day, he definitely seems to be back to his old self, and he'll have the entire world of gold behind him for the rest of the way. He seems to have won back the hearts of America, and his comeback will go down as one of the best in history.
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