The long-awaited return of one of the greatest golfers of all time is set to make his return at HERO WORLD CHALLENGE, Albany; New Providence, The Bahamas.
Heeding the advice of his doctors and trainers, Woods didn’t rush his recovery, slowly regained his strength, muscle tone, stamina and endurance, and tweaked his swing.
It has been a long process that challenged his patience and work ethic more than ever before. But for the first time in 466 days, Tiger will return to competitive play Thursday in the Hero World Challenge at Albany in New Providence, Bahamas. The event features an elite 18-player field, including six of the top-10 players in the world ranking, and is hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Now that he is heading back to competitive play, the entire golfing world is wondering if he is here to stay!
I am happy that Tiger Woods is returning. Leaving golf due to injury was not the way anyone wants to stop playing and an élite player like Woods made it even more difficult to accept.
Woods has tried several ‘come backs’ to no avail. It will be interesting to watch his return up the world rankings. But, I think he needs to temper his expectations (actually the entire golfing world needs to temper their expectations). This weekend’s event, hosted by Tiger Woods, is a good place for him to make his return. There will be some pressure from the top players in the world teeing it up, but ultimately the results of his play are secondary to the support of his charity.
I asked a question a few months back on how high Woods would finish on the world ranking in 2017 and this is what they said:
Personally, I am in the 20 to 30 category. I think he will do very well overall and come second in one event. 2017 will see Tiger Woods as a journeyman player working to keep his card. It will be a new experience for Woods and if he manages his expectations well, I see success in his future. If he gets frustrated by his inconsistent play and lets his ego run his game, he is in for a very long and painful season.
I am glad Tiger Woods is back and I am looking forward to seeing him play.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!