The Return of Tiger Woods

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As an avid golfer and a golf enthusiast, it is not possible to forget legendary golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, nor it is possible to forget top players on the tour of today: players like Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy. In the past few years, we have seen the ascents for many new players, the death of legends. However, in this busy golf world, one single player has been rather quiet for the last few years. His name is Tiger Woods.

In the past years, his name has brought a new meaning to the game of golf, as he won tournament after tournament and broke the most number of records in golf and held his title as the world’s top golfer for the longest time. However, in 2014, after his back surgery, he has not been able to continue his records, and up until mid 2017, Tiger has been in and out of competitive golf. For a period of one year, he was out of competitive golf completely. This slowly faded his glory in golf, but now, after more than three years of injuries and pain, he is now able to compete in professional golf tournaments.

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This comeback has been truly amazing, and really shows the raw strengths and grit that Tiger has. At age 41, he went through major back surgeries with recovery periods of one year. He went from doing only short 50 yard pitches to a full swing to eventually, a full round of competitive golf, as we have the pleasure of watching today.

At the end of 2017, Tiger announced the return of his competitive golf career. The good news doesn’t stop there, as he has been playing better and better every round and continuously improving from late 2017 to early 2018. In almost all the tournaments of 2018, tiger has finished top 15. Even in this years’ Masters, Tiger tied for 32, a very good spot considering the immense pressure and his major surgeries. Earlier this year, Tiger was on the first page of the leaderboard on tournaments like The Valspar Championship, where he was number 2, and The Hero World Challenge and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he ranked top ten.

These are impressive feats by the legend Tiger Woods. Now, he is still starting in his new career in competitive golf. Later in this year, we expect his to make a full return and keep his impact in the game of golf.

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Jack Cai is a III Former at St. Mark’s School from Shanghai, China. He is a passionate golf player and guitar player. He is a photographer as well as a student in behavioral psychology, social psychology and philosophy.

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  1. Jeff

    Do you think Tiger can win another major? Besides his physical conditions, what Tiger has been improving mentally for preparation of competitive golf?

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