Back in November the official website of the Professional Golf Association and Ben Everil published a piece titled “Don’t call it a Tiger comeback… yet. Tiger Woods goes from 100-1 to the CO-FAVORITE to win the Masters!
Everil began the piece with “He’s baaaaaack. Well not really. Well maybe… Let’s just wait and see.:
And there was more. “There was no mistaking the murmurs on the range and the putting green at TPC Summerlin – Tiger Woods returning certainly got people on the PGA TOUR talking. Late Monday, Woods announced he will make his long-awaited return to competition from back fusion surgery. His return comes via his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Nov. 30 – Dec. 3.”
PGA.com also mentioned that “Plenty of players were talking about said comeback and their excitement for it. But there was also an air of trepidation – let’s not call it a comeback just yet.”
“It’s great to have him back but it’s not really a comeback at Hero – it will be when he gets in a full field PGA TOUR event and sees how he stacks up against the guys on TOUR now,” long-term rival Ernie Els said in Las Vegas.’
“He needs to play a few tournaments. It will be interesting to see what the swing looks like, what the attitude looks like, and what the body looks like in the Bahamas. You see, we’ve been here before.”
The “Tiger” won five times in 2013 on the world’s most completive tour, but since then he’s made just 19 starts.
“I don’t know if he came back early before but it was certainly clear there might have been some external pressure to come back. Everyone around the TOUR wants him back, fans want him back, players, sponsors. There was a lot of pressure on him to come back,” veteran Rod Pampling says.”
Everil’s interview with Els “urged the fans to be patient with this edition of Woods’ return.”
Patient we have been. Welcome back Tiger.
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Tiger Woods goes from 100-1 to the CO-FAVORITE to win the Masters!