Many people wrote Tiger Woods off when he returned to competitive golf in November 2017 after undergoing three surgeries in 19 months to try and heal the injury to his back. But even he couldn’t believe he had pulled it off to make a great sporting comeback this weekend.
It was a Sunday at the historic East Lake Golf Club when he managed to secure his 80th win on the PGA Tour and his third at the Tour Championship. Woods couldn’t hold back the tears as the crowd roared in excitement and chanted his name. It was his first victory in five years.
Not the Best Prize Money in Spite of His Sporting Comeback and Win
Woods smiled and high-fived caddie Joe LaCava after he carded a final round 1-over par 71 to finish at 11-under 269 claiming victory by two strokes over Billy Horschel. However, Justin Rose walked away with the FedEx Cup after finishing fourth in a three-way tie, winning the $10 million bonus. Woods only went home with $4.6 million.
Woods’ Tweet after pulling off one of the greatest sporting comebacks in history.
“I’ve been sitting on 79 for about five years now, and to get 80 is a pretty damned good feeling,” said Woods. – TGRhttps://t.co/zeudcqeabH
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 24, 2018
Spinal Fusion Surgery Leads to Woods’ Sporting Comeback
A year ago walking was a difficult task for Woods. In April 2017 he underwent spinal fusion surgery and only returned to the PGA Tour in February 2018 with little hope of ever playing at his best again.
“I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole,” Woods said after winning his first PGA title which was 1876 days ago, at the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational
The 42-year-old golfing champion said it was just a grind out there, but he loved every bit if it, “the fight, the grind, and the tough conditions.” He said he just had to suck it up and hit shots, and loved every moment of it.
When the 14-time major champion made a return to golf late in 2017 many said he should consider retiring while still at the top and forget about winning any more tournaments.
Woods said he agreed it was a tall order at the beginning of the year, but as the year progressed he proved to himself he could play again.
I found a swing, put the pieces together and knew I could do it again.
Last year, Woods was ranked world number 1999 in the official golf rankings and now he is number 13.
Video of those who doubted the American golfer
Tiger Woods wins for the first time since 2013.
Never a doubt. pic.twitter.com/JY4i6XuhRV
— Skratch (@Skratch) September 23, 2018
The American admitted that it has been tough and that he doubted he could play competitive golf at the highest level again. “I didn’t know if this would ever happen again.”
Stating it had been really tough, he said he had worked his way back. But he couldn’t have done it “without the help of all these people around me.”
Aware that some of the players knew what he was struggling with, Woods said it had been really special to see them, at the green on 18. It’s just hard to believe I won the tour championship.”
Woods is now amongst the favorites to win the Masters and if his performance at The Tour Championships is anything to go by, the world of golf is still going to witness Woods’ greatness.