Unbreakable: 13 months after the accident which just about value him his proper leg, Tiger Woods, apart from final minute setbacks, will make his comeback at the Augusta Masters, land of his best exploits the place he even thinks he can win a sixth time. (*13*) the 46-year-old American instructed reporters on Tuesday. He plans to check himself one final time on Wednesday, the day earlier than the event begins. “It’s about knowing how my body will recover from this effort and what it is able to do the next day,” mentioned the winner of 15 Majors, a few of which gleaned by overcoming extreme ache.
A return greater than a yr after a highway accident
How many occasions have we thought he was misplaced for golf? Each time he obtained up. Everything from ruptured cruciate ligaments and an Achilles tendon, accidents to the neck and cervical vertebrae after a primary automotive accident additionally revealing soul illnesses, from alcohol and medicines, from 5 again operations, some very dangerous.
And so, now, from this horrible highway journey that occurred on February 23, 2021 close to Los Angeles, which he thought-about himself fortunate to have survived. He narrowly prevented amputation, for a number of open fractures in his proper leg that required inserting a metallic rod into his tibia, and screws to shore up the bones in his foot and ankle.
“Coming back to play here seemed unlikely to me”
Woods was hospitalized for weeks and unable to stroll for months. “It was a difficult path. To come back to play here seemed very unlikely to me at the time,” he mentioned. While the world of golf questioned if he was going to have the ability to even stroll usually once more, Woods had nonetheless expressed the need to stand up to return to golf. But at 46, his physique bruised by so many shocks, wasn’t he kidding himself?
It would clearly be misunderstanding the man, the champion, the survivor, to think about him giving up. But his first public appearances, with a cane after which orthopedic tights, didn’t bode properly for such a immediate return. No greater than that of February at the Genesis Invitational, a event he sponsors, the place witnesses famous his issue in elevating and reducing his foot.
A reappearance that has the golf world in turmoil
It was his sudden presence final week at Augusta – the place he was topped 5 occasions, the final in 2019 two years after an especially delicate vertebral fusion – to check his bodily situation on the legendary course, specifically accompanied by his son of 13-year-old Charlie, who introduced the microcosm of golf to a boil. Woods, mechanically showing on the listing of individuals as a former winner, had not had his title scratched from the 86th version, sustaining a suspense that had turn into much less and fewer nice on Sunday, when he returned to Georgia for a second session.
The “Tiger” appeared smiling, fulfilled, comfy with his swing, betraying no issue in strolling, in a brand new pair of sneakers tailored to his wants. He had however warned that his determination to take part in the event can be taken at the final second, Thursday. He lastly introduced it two days earlier, with reservations of ritual, after finishing one other nine-hole session, in entrance of 1000’s of cheering followers.
What can the Tiger obtain after 17 months with out taking part in?
The query now arises, since we’re as soon as once more speaking about Tiger golfer, competitor, what the 873rd in the world can accomplish at the Masters, after 17 months with out taking part in – his final event was the 2020 version of the Masters postponed to November in motive of Covid-19. Because Augusta is something however a stroll in the park and Woods, who has at all times crossed the lower there and is aware of each nook and cranny, is aware of that the slopes and unevenness will be his important difficulties. “I can hit the ball really well. I have no doubts about what I can do golf-wise. Walking is the hard part,” he agreed.
How will his proper leg reply to repeated efforts, in order that’s the large query. But we’re speaking a few champion who received the US Open in 2008 regardless of tearing a knee and a double stress fracture of a tibia. Twenty-five years after profitable the first of its fifteen Majors in Augusta, the Tiger is subsequently able to roar once more. He even warned the competitors: “I think I can win the Masters this week”.