The golfing world is a buzz with the news that Tiger Woods plans to make his return to golf after a year of rehabilitation. His initial steps back to competitive play will be at the Safeway Open, Oct. 13-16, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. Now the discussions will start on why, not whether, this is good for golf.
I am not the biggest Woods fan and I am a bit skeptical that his return will do anything for golf. I understand he has seemingly limitless star power, however his brilliant light will only last so long if he cannot win early in his return.
It is interesting that some news outlets are reporting that Woods is returning and others write that he hopes to return. My interpretation is that his return is not a done deal. He has left room for changes if his health or game does not continue to improve over the next month.
“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Tiger said. “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.”
“I’m looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I’m also excited to return to Turkey and Albany. It could be a fun fall.”
Having Woods back will definitely add something to golf. I am not sure what that “something” is, but I am confident that the top players will not make it easy for this older veteran.
His previous returns would not be considered successful on any scale. Playing at the elite level will add additional stress on his body which as a result might add to his growing list of injuries. It is difficult to determine if his body will hold up to the wear and tear of golfing everyday, but the golfing world seems to hope he is back for good.
I am not confident his triumphant return will meet the expectations of many pundits. I asked this very question recently and here is what you had to say:
Determining how well he will compete against the young guns of golf is very difficult. If Woods returns with less than 80% of his previous form then his time in the spot light will be short-lived. However, if his competitive juices are flowing and he demonstrates that the Tiger of old is back…..well, we are in for a great show!
Where do you stand on Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!