It was not at all unfair for Tiger Woods to stay in the moment as the rest of golf cast eyes dreamily forward. Woods’s triumph at Augusta National on Sunday took his major haul to 15. Suddenly, from the recent position where the discussion felt irrelevant, Jack Nicklaus’s record tally of 18 is back within view. “I don’t know if Jack is worried or not,” said Woods. “I really haven’t thought about that yet. I’m sure that I’ll probably think of it going down the road. Maybe, maybe not. But right now it’s a little soon. I’m just enjoying 15.” It did not take long for Nicklaus to respond. Worried? You bet he is. “I thought for a long time that he was going to win again,” Nicklaus said of Woods. “The next two majors are at Bethpage, where he has won, and at Pebble Beach, where he has won. So he has got me shaking in my boots.” As the scale of Woods’s victory, arguably his finest in an … [Read more...] about Will resurgent Tiger Woods beat Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors?
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Michael Jordan called it the greatest comeback he has ever seen. After all the trials and tribulations, all the ridicule and mockery, all the personal and professional humiliations, Tiger Woods shocked the world by fighting off a field of younger competitors to win his first major title in over a decade at Augusta National Golf Club. You may not have a pulse if you didn’t feel at least a little warm inside as Tiger passionately embraced his son behind the 18th green, a scene reminiscent of the bear hug that he shared with his late father Earl Woods after winning the Masters for the first time back in 1997. As a father, I can honestly say that it almost made my allergies start acting up. Couple that with the fact that it happened at the Masters on a course that was literally built on the grounds of a slave plantation, one that no black golfer had ever even competed on until Lee Elder in 1975, at a club that didn’t even have a black member until 1990. Couple that with this … [Read more...] about I’m glad Tiger Woods won the Masters, I just wish he stood up for the black community
Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes with the engine running, according to the police report into his arrest for driving while under the influence in the early hours of Monday morning in Florida. It also states that he was disorientated, struggled to speak and could not walk in a straight line. In the report, which makes clear no alcohol was found in the golfer’s system, Woods is described by police as “co-operative” but “confused”. The officer in charge of his detention also claims the father of two was “unable to walk alone” and found it “hard to keep eyes open”. Woods, a 14-time major champion who is recovering from a fourth back operation, was taken into custody in his home town of Jupiter at 3am on Monday. He was released shortly before 11am, with the case now due to be heard by a Florida judge on 5 July. A police photograph of a bloated and apparently distant Woods emerged but the 41-year-old was adamant … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods was found asleep at wheel on roadside by police
The golf world developed such a frenzied state as Tiger Woods claimed the Masters that the helpful vagaries of a new schedule were forgotten. Woods was due to go in pursuit of a 16th major within weeks, even before he took the surprising decision to skip the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. Bethpage Black has been afforded the perfect storm: Woods, in his first start since winning in such epic scenes at Augusta National, will chase his fifth US PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy, and his first since 2007, from Thursday. Woods has previous for illustrations of how less is more. In 2008, with knee problems more acute than outsiders had recognised, he finished as runner-up to Trevor Immelman at Augusta National and did not re-appear until the US Open in June. Woods duly prevailed in a play-off at Torrey Pines, with fitness matters meaning that glory is widely recognised as one of the greatest in his illustrious career. Such fairytales had been consigned to past tense until … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods’ hunt for more majors guarantees high drama at US PGA
The most bleak prognosis yet regarding a return to competitive golf for Tiger Woods has arrived from the man himself. Woods is currently in the midst of recovery from a third operation on the same area of his back, with the 39-year-old admitting on Tuesday he has no idea if or when he will play again. Serious doubts have to remain over Woods’s career continuing at all, especially given his previously upbeat sentiment. When asked about a timescale for any return, Woods replied: “I have no answer for that. Neither does my surgeon or my physio. There is no timetable. “That’s the hardest part for me. There is nothing I can look forward to, nothing I can build towards. Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? I don’t know.” Woods also admitted the extent to which he can exercise, which hasn’t included any golf activity at all. “I walk,” said the 14-time major winner. “And I walk and I walk some more. “I am really … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods on his future in golf: ‘There’s nothing I can look forward to’
It is highly rare for those defeated to take such joy from the identity of the winner. That Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka, Bernhard Langer and Adam Scott stood to shake the hand of a victorious Tiger Woods as he headed to sign his Sunday scorecard at Augusta National proved a sign of things to come. The world’s leading players lined up to pay tribute to Woods as he donned a Green Jacket for a fifth time. “Couldn’t be happier for him, what a great day for golf,” said Rory McIlroy. Woods owes McIlroy and co a debt of gratitude as well. As the now 15-times major champion began his journey back towards tournament golf, following a fourth back surgery, Florida’s young professional golf contingent were a constant source of encouragement. Woods regularly played practice matches with them as he sought to ascertain whether his body would allow him to be competitive again. “It’s … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods’s peers all agree his return to the top is great for golf