The Golf Industrial Complex is cheering the imminent return of Tiger Woods after more than a year’s absence. But the one-time King of the Links is 40, and some doubt he’ll reclaim his crown.As ESPN said Wednesday:
“Woods, who has held the No. 1 ranking in the world longer than anyone else, has slipped to 711th due to inactivity after undergoing two back procedures in the fall of 2015. He tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship in August 2015, then had back surgery in mid-September and another procedure in late October.”
Hoping to play in Napa, Turkey, and Hero in the Bahamas. Can't wait to compete again. https://t.co/cuNUTQv0NW
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 7, 2016
On his own website, the Orange County product said: “My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do. Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.
“I’m looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I’m also excited to return to Turkey and Albany [in the Bahamas]. It could be a fun fall. It was difficult missing tournaments that are important to me, but this time I was smart about my recovery and didn’t rush it.”
Many took a swing at handicapping his chances.
The return of Tiger Woods is near … pic.twitter.com/BOeYyxFwWF
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) September 7, 2016
Golf is SO MUCH BETTER with Tiger Woods around.
— Liz Habib (@LizHabib) September 7, 2016
Everyone talking about Tiger Woods coming back. That TigerWoods is never coming back. The question is.. what will the new Tiger Woods be?
— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 7, 2016
I hope Tiger Woods is able to recapture some of his magic. Golf is just more interesting when he is playing it well.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) September 7, 2016
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