Tiger Woods return to Augusta National, the Masters 'greatest thing' for golf

By Rek Hanibal Published on April 05, 2022
Tiger Woods return to Augusta National, the Masters 'greatest thing' for golf

Not that it was languishing in some moribund torpor, in Need of a wake-up jolt. Anything but. Rarely have we gone into the first men's major of the year with more exciting young talent at the top of the sport, but this astonishing 46-year-old has always been a game-changer.

Woods' presence at Augusta this week, his attempt to come back from a potentially life-threatening car crash that nearly cost him his right leg is the stuff of sporting legend.

It stokes interest in an already eagerly anticipated major because, as it stands, Woods is among the field of 91. He is set to play competitively for the first time since the November 2020 Masters, when he was defending champion.

We thought that epic victory of three years ago was the absolute pinnacle - a 43-year-old veteran tapping into the secret sauce one more time and finding a way to beat the world's best with a fused back.

We must add to the mix the multiple metal rods and pins that hold together his right leg. It was shattered in a devastating single-vehicle accident when he sped out of control on the outskirts of Los Angeles in February last year.

We thought that was the end of Woods' astonishing career. He needed to learn to walk again; swinging a club, hitting shots, walking a course, competing - they were distant prospects. Specks on a cloudy horizon.

Rek Hanibal

Rek Hanibal

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