Tiger Woods: Return of the Roar



Teague Stewart, Staff Writer

When it comes to golf, everyone has heard of Tiger Woods. However, since his infamous scandal, bodily injuries, and his worst scoring in 2015 at Waste Management Open in Scottsdale, AZ, Woods called it quits from competitive golf for a while. After many surgeries and time to recover to full health, Woods is swinging, and back onto the greens.

On Dec 30 of 2018, ESPN documented Woods winning the final tournament of the 2018 season of the Professional Golfer Association (PGA Tour). His journey back to the green wasn’t an easy one, and the documentary includes his struggles.

In 2018, Woods started to make noise in the Hero World Challenge, where he shot sub 70 rounds in the tournament. Then in the Farmer Insurance Open in 2018, during the tournament Woods hit his ball from rough for the first time in a while, after hitting Woods didn’t feel any pain.

After that, Woods went to the 2018 Honda Classic in Florida. During that tournament Woods performed like his old self again.

Next Woods went to the Valspar tournament in hopes to get his first PGA Tour win since 2013 (World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational). In the Final round, Woods was in contention on winning the Valspar Tournament but fell short of winning.

The loss didn’t hold Woods back. He went to The Players Championship in Florida, at the TPC Sawgrass and Woods placed tied for 11th.

After The Players, Woods went to The Memorial Tournament. Where he lead the field in tee to green ratios, also even a sports reporter named Scott Van Pelt said that “Tiger Magic” returned to the golf scene too, but was tied for 23rd.

To many PGA Golfers and fans, it appeared that Woods looked more “softened up than normal” according to PGA Golfer Jason Day. Throughout his career, Woods has become friendlier to his fans.

After that, Woods went overseas to The “British” Open. On the 10th, Woods was leading The Open for the first time in a while, but in the home stretch he fell apart, losing the tournament to Francesco Molinari.

Then Woods entered the last major tournament of the season. On the final round, Woods again entered with being 4 strokes back. Woods could not find a fairway on the first nine, but finally found one fairway on the 10th hole. After his final round of the 100th PGA Championship, Woods lost to Brooks Koepka, however, he shot a final round score of 64, his best finish in a major tournament.

Continuing with the momentum, Woods got hot being tied for 6th in the Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club.

Leading up to the final round, Woods lead the tournament with a 3 shot lead going into the Final Round. Though he played very well, his performance was a bit rocky. On the 15th hole, Woods nearly hitting his tee shot into the water, yet scored a bogey on the hole instead.

Finally something interesting happened on the 18th hole. When Woods and McILroy started their walk to their balls, Woods started to see that fan were going under the ropes, walking on the fairway, and police trying to calm the crowd. After Woods’s second shot, Woods described the crowd’s reaction as “All Hell Broke Loose”, because fans were excited because they knew that Woods had won the Tour Championship.

In the end Woods got his 80th PGA Tour win, which will always be one of the greatest comebacks in PGA Tour golf history.