Woods returns with straightforward victory

Published 26/02/2009 10:00:38

Tiger Woods won his return match after an 8 month break from golf, defeating Australian Brendan Jones 3&2 at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. Looking like he'd never been away at all, Woods started with a birdie and was always in control, finally sealing victory on the 15th hole.


"I said to Stevie (Williams, Woods' caddie), 'It feels like we haven't been gone.' It was business as usual,"


"I thought it would take me a little bit longer to get into the rhythm of the round but I came out as if I had it.


"I thought I'd be a little more nervous than that but when it comes right down to it it's about placement so I just kind of went back to all the basics."


Woods returned to great fanfare and was greeted to an enthusiastic reception by the crowd at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. Media interest was high, punters and sports writers alike keen to see what impact, if any, Woods' famous knee injury would have on his game.


Over 40,000 tickets were sold for the event - surely inflated by the Woods roadshow. His practise round on Tuesday alone attracted large crowds.


"It felt good. I played some loose irons in the middle of the round but then got it back. I thought my knee would be a little more stiff than it was." Woods said of his round.


The golf industry must be breathing a sigh of relief whilst the competition starts to feel the pinch. Woods is a phenomenal competitor and is keenly chasing Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles.


"His ball flight is different to pretty much everybody else's, and it was fun to see different trajectories that he hits the ball at," Brendan Jones said. "But yeah, he's Tiger; he does freakish stuff. He made two eagles on me, and he just really didn't waste any shots out there."


Other high profile players in the tournament didn't fare so well; three-time major winner Padraig Harrington made an early exit, losing by one shot by Pat Perez, and Spanish start Sergio Garcia lost to South African Charl Schwartzel.



1.  Good to have you back, Tiger!

comment by Tiger Woods Fan - 26/02/2009 10:18

2.  Tiger is going to dominate this year

comment by Golfpunk - 27/02/2009 10:30


comment by Phil - 17/03/2009 13:17

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