Is Tiger Woods Back?
The best golfer ever has surely had his ups and downs throughout his storied career. More downs than ups over the past 3 years after he admitted to his infidelity back in December 2009. Since he absolutely humiliated himself in front of the entire world, Woods has found it hard to regain his stroke that made him PGA Player of the Year a record 10 times. While I find it to be one of the most relaxing and fun games to play in the world, and by play I mean hit balls on the driving range, I never truly appreciated watching the sport of Golf. That is until 1996, when Tiger Woods surfaced as this unbelievable phenom that took not only the golf world, but the whole sports world by storm. He won his first major within a year of turning professional, the 1997 Masters, and seemed to be the face on every single one of my Sports Illustrated magazines.
Woods is one of the only two golfers to have ever won the Career Grand Slam 3 times, the other being Jack Nicklaus. He hasn’t won a Major tournament since 2008, the US Open, and fans around the world seem to think that he has lost his former magic. Just two weeks ago, Woods won his 73rd PGA Tour event at the Memorial Tournament. He birdied three of his last four holes to shoot a 67 and win by two shots over Andres Romero and Rory Sabbatini. The tournament was hosted by the before mentioned Nicklaus which was fitting because Woods tied Nicklaus’ number of PGA Tour victories with his win.
Coming off of his win, Thursday morning marked Tiger Woods 16th ever US Open and he came out with a determination and focus that has been absent for nearly half of a decade. The 2012 US Open is being played in the very unfriendly Lake Course at the Olympic Club. This Par-70 course is known for its narrow fairways and brutal greens. The Lake Course has been recognized by Golf Magazine in its list of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It has also been recognized in Golf Week’s category of “America’s 100 Best Classical Courses.” In Golf Digest’s list of the U.S. 100 Greatest Courses for 2007–2008, the Lake Course was ranked 23. It is almost entirely within the borders of San Francisco and has an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. In other words, this course is not only gorgeous, but it is recognized as one of the best courses in America.
To stat the Open, Woods has come out firing on all cylinders and seems to have found that stroke we have all been waiting for him to regain. After the 2nd day at the Olympic Club, Woods has a share of the lead at -1, tied with Jim Furyk and David Toms. Things are looking up for Tiger and one would find it hard to bet against him winning his 15th Major. I am picking Tiger to finish strong and win it all and I can not wait to see him tee off early tomorrow.
Now that you’ve read my opinion on whether Tiger is really back or now, watch this video and give me your take on his reemergence.