It has been 5 years, 1876 days, multiple back injuries since Tiger Woods won a tournament. However, things have changed now and Tiger Woods is a winner once again. The American former world number 1 was “blessed” to be back after winning his first PGA Tour event in over five years following a long and painful return to form from a back injury.
Back in the winner's circle. 🏆
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 23, 2018
“It’s been unbelievable, to get to this level again, I didn’t know if that would happen again and lo and behold, here we are,” he told said after securing the Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club. Wood’s led in the tournament throughout. It was a dominant display and his steady play felt like a throwback to his early 2000s days.
Woods finished 11-under par for the weekend, two strokes clear of his nearest challenger Billy Horschel to take his 80th PGA victory. He had been stuck at 79 since 5 years. His last victory came in August 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
“Eighty is a big number,” Woods said. “I’ve been sitting on 79 for about five years now, and to get 80 is a pretty damned good feeling.” The 14-time major winner signaled that he had turned a corner after years of pain and disappointment.
Even President Trump noticed that Woods was playing well. Tweeting that Woods’ performance as he neared his first victory was “very exciting.”
Tiger is playing great. Looks like a big win could happen. Very exciting! @TigerWoods
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2018
Wood’s is part of the American team going for the Ryder Cup in Paris which is going to take place next week. The victory leaves him only 2 short of Snead’s all-time win record of 82. A year ago, Woods was recovering from his 4th back surgery. He returned to competition in December and was rated 1,199th in the world. Wood’s admitted that he was just winging it in the start to see if his back holds out. He experimented continuously and even changed the shaft and loft of his driver. He lost distance but bettered his accuracy and assurance.
It’s a Tiger Woods trademark celebration when he throws one of his famous uppercuts; however, this victory was different. The golfer raised his arms towards the heavens and teared up. Hope he can maintain his form and show the world he is still the best at what he does.
By Abhishek Aggarwal