Let’s face it, Tiger Woods is the only reason anybody cares about the golf. And even 8 years since his last major, Tiger Woods remains golf’s sole megastar.
But a lot has happened since Tiger improbably won the 2008 US Open on one leg. He’s had his golf game fall apart, and his knees turn to silly putty. And of course his marriage fell apart and Woods subsequently was treated for a sex addiction.
It remains to be seen whether Tiger’s body can hold up and if he still has his famous mental edge. While it appears a longshot that Tiger can reascend to the top of the golf game, we’ve seen Tiger accomplish incredible feats so many times that it would be foolish to completely count him out. And shots like this beautiful birdie from the bunker on the fifth hole today have us cautiously optimistic.
It’ll be a while before we know for sure if Tiger is anywhere near his former ridiculous play, but the signs from the Hero World Challenge have been so far mostly encouraging. He birdied four of the first five holes today, before struggling on the back nine, including a double bogey on 18, to end up with a 2-under-par score of 70. While the end to today’s round was surely disappointing, Tiger has looked healthy and focused through the first 54 holes, and is currently a respectable 8-under for the tournament.