Tiger Woods is set to tee it up at The Hero Challenge this coming weekend. It seems to me he made a comeback during the same event last year and lasted about 2 months. His first 3 starts for this years professional schedule are:
- Hero World Challenge Dec. 1-4, 2016, Albany; New Providence
- The Bahamas Farmers Insurance Open Jan, 26-29, 2017, Torrey Pines Golf Course; San Diego, California
- Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Feb. 2-5, 2017, Emirates Golf Club; Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Tiger Woods)
The questions on everyone’s mind are: Is he ready? Will he last?
“The Hero World Challenge has a longstanding history of incredible golf moments thanks in part to the game’s most exclusive field. With 18 of the world’s top ranked players vying for the Hero World Challenge trophy each year, the competition at Albany, Bahamas is sure to heat up.” (Hero World Challenge)
Tiger Woods is the host of the Hero World Challenge and his star power adds to the event. This is a star-studded charity event that is directly associated with the Tiger Woods Foundation. I am not surprised he choose this tournament to return because it helps his causes and, although competitive, the pressure is not the same as a PGA hosted professional event.
Unfortunately, the questions of: Is Tiger Woods ready? Will he last? are on most golfers minds. At 41 years young, he is making another comeback. The older he gets, obviously, the more difficult it becomes to be competitive. Even though his game with President Trump and PGA Tour star Dustin Johnson garnered plenty of press because of how well he played, he is still a long way away from being tournament ready.
Unfortunately, I do not think he will last. And neither does most of the respondents of a quick poll I ran:
I do wish Tiger Woods well, but I do not think he will be that competitive in 2018. If he takes his return slow, maybe (and this is a big maybe) he might make a couple of top 10s at the end of the season. The field is full of young guns who no longer fear Tiger and do not show him the deference they once did; it will be an up hill battle for Tiger if he wants to win a few more tournaments before he actually retires for good.
The golfing world will be anxiously watching the return of Tiger Woods. He is still a huge draw and good for the business side of golf. I am not convinced he will be good for the actual game. I hope he plays well and I wish him all the success!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!