Golf legend and superstar Tiger Woods is looking forward to his comeback after a ten-month break. The 41-year-old American will tee off this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas for the first time. The sports world has celebrated the long-awaited comeback of golf star Tiger Woods.
Woods had a good start round at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas after a break from professional golf. The 41-year-old Californian needed 69 strokes for the 18 holes and is in the split eighth place after the first round. The Englishman Tommy Fleetwood leads after the opening round at the Albany Golf Club with 66 strokes.
Exactly one year ago, Woods had started his last comeback after a 15-month break at the same location. But it was already over in February. This was followed by the fourth back surgery. At that time, the 14-time major winner in the Bahamas hardly came out of the chair after the TV interview – now no problem: the damaged back finally stops.
And Woods was the reawakened joy of playing to watch: With successful blows clenched the meanwhile 668th of the world rankings, again and again, his hands to the fist. In slips, he went in his typical Sunday outfit with black pants and red polo shirt in the knee or grimaced.
The 14-time Major Champion is currently only held in position 1199 of the world rankings. Woods was number one for 683 weeks. Exactly twelve months ago Woods tried after a back surgery and 15-month break at the same place before the comeback. In February he had to give up at the Dubai Desert Classic after the opening round due to severe back pain. This was followed in April by the fourth procedure on the damaged back.
Hero World Challenge
The tournament, hosted by Woods himself and whose proceeds will benefit his charitable foundation, will take place on the Caribbean island from November 30 to December 3. Experts suggest that the 14-time major champion is now in the best shape for years after his fourth back surgery in April. In May, Woods was arrested for drug-abuse abuses and pleaded guilty to reckless driving. In the body of the golf professional, a mixture of analgesics, sleeping pills, and sedatives was found. That was sort of a wake-up call for Woods. He paid a fine of $ 250, committed to 50 hours of community service and was treated for drug addiction in a specialist clinic.
After the incident, Woods then went to inpatient treatment to control the drug abuse. The professional golfer celebrated his most recent tournament victory at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. It has been quite a while since Woods has won any golf tournaments.
But can Woods compete with younger colleagues? This Thursday, he will join forces with Justin Thomas, the reigning PGA champion and winner of the FedExCup annual standings. Woods plays with a 24-year-old colleague who witnessed live as a seven-year-old boy in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, how Woods won the PGA Championship in 2000, the ninth win of the year.