Tiger’s Back

At mid-afternoon Friday, as the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open was rolling along, a rumble of thunder shook Pinehurst No. 2.
A few moments later, word arrived that Tiger Woods will return to competition this week at the Quicken Loans National outside Washington, D.C.
Coincidence?
Woods’ return, which came as a surprise to almost everyone who had assumed that the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool next month was an optimistic starting point, was a welcome jolt of juice to a season that could use a little sizzle.
Nothing against Martin Kaymer, who gets my vote as the game’s top player at the moment, but Woods’ three-month absence has left an emotional hole in the season, bringing to mind the old adage about not knowing what you’ve got until it’s gone.
Now he’s back – again. The hope is Woods is fully healthy and can get back to playing golf for the long haul. His career has been interrupted too often by health issues – knees, achilles tendons, neck and back to name a few. Still just 38, if the back surgery accomplishes the goal of allowing him to play pain-free again, maybe Woods will be able to fall back into a competitive routine.
Whether you’re a Tiger fan or not, something big is missing when he’s gone.
If you don’t believe me, check out the Nielsen ratings on Sunday afternoons.
While keeping the details of his injury and subsequent surgery private, Woods has stressed in his few public comments that he’s learned to listen to his doctors. This from a man who famously told his doctor he would play the 2008 U.S. Open despite a stress fracture in his leg and then went out and won.


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