Tiger's return: good news for the tour

Published 22/02/2009 13:27:38

"Now is the time for me to get out there and start playing again"


Never a truer word spoken Tiger old chap. Golf needs it's talisman back and how. Though not it's certainly not the only sport to do so, golf is suffering in the credit crunch, with many events being cancelled and uncertainty surrounding sponsorship money on the tours in Europe and America.


So what better time for the game's global icon, best player and general flag-waver to return? Tiger has been out with a troublesome knee injury since beating Rocco Mediate to the US Open back in June but all the talk since has been about how Tiger will cope on his return.


"I've been trying to make changes in my golf swing and one of the great things about coming back was with the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), my bones aren't moving any more," Woods said.


"That's a very comforting feeling, hitting a golf ball and not having your bones slide all over the place. One, it didn't feel good, and two, it caused a lot of pain."


Golf hasn't died in his absence of course; Padraig Harrington bagged a couple of majors and no-one could have predicted the global economic crisis and the complications that would bring. But there can be no doubt that Tiger's return for the start of the new season - TV ratings will be up, sponsors will also be more keen to part with their cash.


Tiger Woods' Return


Tiger will return at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. His first opponent will be Australian Brendan Jones. Tiger has won this even twice (2003 and 2004) and isn't the kind of play who turns up for a fee or to make up the numbers - you don't get second on the all-time majors list without having that will to win.


With Phil Mickelson coming into form, Padraig Harrington proving he's a major contender and the talented choker Segio Garcia to come up against, 2009 looks like it's going to be a great year for golf.


1.  I agree...could be a great year for golf. Last year was excellent - without the spectre of Tiger around, other players stepped up and proved how good they could be (witness Padraig's performances). So, with Tiger back, I think we will see some great competition

Play Well!


Mark Pearson

comment by Mark Pearson - 22/02/2009 14:32

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