MONTGOMERY, TEXAS | Five months ago, Tiger Woods sat in a golf cart in the Bahamas watching the Hero World Challenge, a tournament he hosts, go on without him playing. Woods was subdued, the ache of a third back surgery never far away, and it seemed all he had were questions, not answers.
Last Monday at Bluejack National Golf Club about an hour northwest of Houston, Woods stood on the 18th green of the course he designed, toweling the sweat off his face and arms, talking about the golf he had just played and the golf he intended to play. It won’t happen this week at the Wells Fargo Championship but one week soon, Woods will tee it up again in competition, the first time since last August.
Now the questions are different. Not if he will play again but when will he play and can he be close to the Tiger Woods that owned the game like no one else has.
“It’s been a long road. To actually be able to play soccer with my kids again, to do something like this, to be able to live life, that’s what’s been nice,” Woods said. “Five months ago, I couldn’t. To be three months out of surgery and feel like that, it was tough. I still have a long way to go. I’m on the back side. I’m getting better.”
There is a super-size quotient to everything Woods does because of who he is and what he’s done across the last two decades. He has been a transcendent talent and he has been broken, more than once. Woods celebrated his 40th birthday last December and if he blew out candles on a birthday cake, his private wish may have been to feel good enough to play competitive golf again.
The game is better with him in it. Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and the other stars of today have their own brilliance but Tiger remains bigger than everyone else. …..READ FULL ARTICLE