We’re all lucky to be able to see Tiger Woods again at the Masters

There is no roar like Tiger Roar, no gallery like Tiger Gallery, no presence in golf – or maybe all sports – like Tiger Woods.

Fourteen months ago, the public’s concern was not whether Woods would ever walk the fairway again, but whether he would ever walk again. Period. On February 23 last year, his SUV rolled off a curb outside Los Angeles, leaving Dr. Arish Mahajan “had significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity,” which called for emergency surgery “for an open fracture affecting both”. The upper and lower parts of the tibia and fibula bones.”

Doctors put a rod in his tibia. His foot and ankle were repaired with screws and pins. Tiger said that for a moment it felt like he might lose his right leg completely. It was one of the dark days of golf.

As a show of support, a group of top golfers dressed in red the next time they competed, paying homage to Woods’ signature Sunday colour. It was a poignant show of solidarity, but amid the heartfelt vibes cast by Tiger’s teammates, you know people were wondering: Will he ever play again?

It seems that the answer is yes. At the time of publication, all signs point to Woods attending Thursday’s Masters, where he has won five times. And he may not be playing for nostalgia, but because he thinks he can win. During a news conference on Tuesday, the 46-year-old said he believed he could capture the sixth green jacket.

Most of us thought the days of Tiger’s competition for Major were over when we heard about the massacre on February 2. But for him to come back, and still be Tiger? he is Tradition unlike any other.

I have been extremely fortunate during my sports journalism career. I was on edge in the 2006 national championship game when Texas quarterback Vince Young ignited right by me to score a game-winning touchdown versus USC. I was in the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl and Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Celtics. But nothing was more encouraging than watching Tiger Woods make it to the playoffs at the Torrey Pines in San Diego at the 2008 US Open.

Some athletes may charm you with their skill, speed or ability to jump. Woods is the only person I’ve seen strike awe with him Center. The way he chased the green on that 72nd hole with the pin-drop silence of the crowd – your average golfer wouldn’t even make contact with the ball on that put. Yet he dropped it from under 15 feet.

Watching Tiger was one of the primary bonding tools between my father and I in his early years of dominance. I think there are millions of other people who enjoyed their decade of domination even with parents. He did things that no one in his game had ever done… and things that, for the stretch, made him one of the game’s primary villains.

The Woods fraud scandal was one of the most shocking stories to come from any field of the entertainment world. Suddenly Mr. Clean was dripping in the mud. This turned a lot of people off – women in particular – and undoubtedly affected their psyche over the course.

But everyone loves a good redemption story and Woods might have had the best story. After the scandal, after several back surgeries, 11 years without any major victories, he climbed the mountain back in 2019 to claim his fifth green jacket at the Augusta Nationals. Between chanting his name, Woods hugging his kids, and Tiger showing more emotion than he did after the win, CBS analyst Nick Faldo summed it up perfectly.

“It will be the greatest scene in golf in all time.”

These are scenes that only Woods could create. These are special moments of sorts for the Tigers, who were kicked off 25 years by their game-shifting victory at Augusta 25 years ago. And just when it looked like we’d never see him compete again, here he is – striving to make his irreplaceable return to the top.

Woods has regularly emphasized how lucky he is to be in One Piece. That accident could have produced a range of different consequences, almost all of which would have been worse than what had actually happened.

So yes, he is lucky. But now he’s playing again? We should all feel lucky too.

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