Tiger Won His Return – Even Though He Didn’t
If you were to look up the results from the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, you would quickly see that the event was won by Hideki Matsuyama. And that is true – the young Japanese player is on an incredible run of late, and that run continued with a commanding performance against an elite field. Matsuyama has risen all the way to 6th in the world rankings, and it seems certain that he will accomplish big things in the years to come.
Stealing the Headlines
However, if you followed any coverage of the Hero World Challenge, you probably didn’t hear too much about Matsuyama for one specific reason – this event also marked the return of Tiger Woods. One of the best players in the history of the game, Woods had been away from competition for over a year. Making his return, Woods only beat three golfers in the 18-man field, yet the event can be considered an obvious success.
Plenty of Positives
First, Woods managed to finish the entire 72-hole event without any apparent physical setbacks. That is good news, of course, for a player who has been struggling with injuries for some time. There is no one in the golf world who would question the ability of Tiger Woods to win tournaments when healthy – it has only been the matter of health that has kept him away from the top of the game in recent years.
In addition to the fact that he came through the week healthy, the other good news for Woods was the state of his game. He looked to be in control of his golf ball for much of the week, posting an impressive number of birdies along the way. The highlight of the week was a second round 65, which featured a clean scorecard of seven birdies and no bogeys. Although Woods total score for the week was damaged by a collection of double bogeys, those are mistakes that a player of his caliber is sure to clean up moving forward. It seems safe to say that a healthy Tiger Woods still has more than enough game to compete with anyone in the world.
So, what’s next? It is likely that Woods will play a relatively light schedule in the months ahead, trying to balance health with working his way back into the competitive rhythm required to play at the highest level. Naturally, as has always been the case, he is going to structure his schedule in a way that gives him the best possible chance to compete in the four major championships in 2017. The Masters will be first up in April, and the golf world will certainly be buzzing if a healthy Tiger Woods arrives at Augusta in form and ready to compete.
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