Tiger Woods will go down as one of the most successful golfers ever to play the sport, no matter what. The-41-year old American has won it all and then some. He turned pro at the age of 20 after enjoying remarkable junior, college and amateur careers and a few months later he had won the 1997 Masters. It was a sign of things to come as he went on to take the sport by storm, breaking numerous records along the way.
Woods really has won it all, various major championships along with personal accolades and you can certainly see why he became one of the most well paid athletes on the planet during his heyday but the picture looks extremely different now, as Tiger has become a rapidly fading force over recent times, largely due to injury.
The golfing world certainly misses Tiger and his abilities but could he ever make it back to the top or is it really the end of the road for 14-time major winner?
First of all, there is no denying that the sport would feel a great benefit from Tiger getting back to somewhere near his best. We saw him drop out of the top-1000 ranking for the first time ever in his career this year and that’s a sign of just how bad things got for Woods as he has failed to win a major since the 2008 US Open.
Injuries have hit the former world number one hard, especially back injuries, which have been operated on numerous times. Tiger admitted to being plagued by constant pain and spasms throughout large parts of his career and now hopes the issues have been resolved during the latest round of surgery.
Recently, Tiger has posted very positive and encouraging words on his website, so it does seem that the player has serious designs to be in the thick of things again.
The player has announced that he will be an assistant captain for the United States in the President’s Cup. According to sports betting operator Unibet, this will no doubt spur on Team USA, who are already 33/100 odds-on favourites to win the event.
It will be hard for the American to really ever make it back to the top of his game though, hard, not impossible. Tiger took the world by storm due to not only his abilities as a golfer but how he was as an athlete and a person and he was comfortably the best around and is potentially the best to ever play the game.
Many suggest that even if he got close to his unstoppable best once again, he would see off most, if not all, the competition. Another question raised often though is whether he really wants it like he used to.
For a man who dedicated himself to the sport of golf for a solid 12 years, who has won numerous majors, countless PGA tour titles, personal accolades and much more, he may feel that his time has been and gone.
The injuries and personal issues have certainly blighted him over recent years so really it’s a question not of whether he’s still got it, more along the lines of whether he still wants it enough. If he does and if he can get anywhere close to his best, the golfing world will certainly be very happy indeed.
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