Tiger Woods made a celebrated return to competitive golf this weekend at the World Hero Challenge. Golf fans throughout the world watched with anticipation to see if he could withstand the rigors of four rounds of golf after being absent from the game since early last February. This wasn’t your typical major or even minor tournament. Only a field of 18 elite golfers participated so there wasn’t the pressure of a missed cut. Woods looked like the Tiger of old during the first two rounds. His power off the tee was strong and he hardly missed a fairway. He was pedestrian with his chipping game which may have been the result of the long layoff. Day three however saw Tiger come back down to earth and he finished tied for ninth behind the champion Ricky Fowler by 10 strokes. Tiger posted scores of 69,68 75, and 68 so he certainly was consistent.
Is the golf game better off when Tiger is in the field? If you talk or listen to his peers, they are pulling for him to be successful. Today’s stars of golf include Fowler, Spieth, Reed, and Dustin Johnson. These four young men kept our interest in the game with their skills and we never knew who was going to be the leader from week to week. Tiger dominated for so long that it actually got boring for a lot of golf fans. I for one welcome back Tiger to the game and look forward to see how many tournaments he eventually can finish during 2018.
Welcome back Tiger