It seems that with every golf tournament of late that Tiger Woods enters, all eyes are centred on him.
The 42-year-old, who is one of the sport’s all-time greats, hit a real rough patch with problems in his personal life combined with injuries, but there has always been the hope that he could once again rediscover his magic touch that has seen him win 14 majors so far in his career.
What we have seen over recent times is that there does seem to be a genuine chance that Woods will make his return to the winner’s circle at some point, and in the eyes of many, it’s a case of when and not if. The Players Championship proved to be a superb tournament for Webb Simpson, who was superb as he controlled proceedings and held his nerve in order to secure victory In Florida.
However, as with most tournaments recently, the talk always seems to centre on Tiger Woods over the actual winner. Woods had managed to make the cut on one under and carded weekend rounds of 65 and 69 in order to tie in 11th place. His performance in Florida has already drawn positive comments from both his playing partner in the final round, Jordan Spieth, and former Open champion David Duval.
Spieth said: “He’ll win sometime soon enough. He’s certainly playing well enough to do so.” While Duval echoed these thoughts by saying: “What I saw this weekend makes me excited. It could be incredibly close.” So, it’s evident that Woods has come a long way in a very short space of time after undergoing career-saving back fusion surgery last year. He looks completely rejuvenated and on the right path once again.
Woods himself is struggling to believe the progress that he has made in such a short space of time too. He said: “There’s no way I would have predicted I would be at this point at the beginning of the year.” He went on to say: “The way I was just coming back and just trying to get a feel for it then hopefully have a schedule. I didn’t know. But now I feel like I’ve got my playing feels and I’m playing tournament golf and I’ve got it. I’m not that far off winning golf tournaments.”
So, not only do Wood’s colleagues think that he will find himself in the winner’s circle sooner rather than later, he himself knows he is close to finding that magic touch once again. After starting the year as world number 656, he has now climbed up to 80 and is now aiming to make it to the World Golf Championships at Firestone in August. We’ve so far seen that Woods has the power and fitness back to a good level, but there is still one thing missing.
Tiger was known for having that killer instinct, and so far, you could say that that is still lacking from his game. You have to remember though that he’s been away from the sport for a good while in a sense, and that it should come in time. The progress he has already made has been staggering, with many people having already written him off, but if he stays on the right track, he will be a winner once again.