World tunes in to comeback
As the world watched, five storylines emerged in Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge invitational in the Bahamas:
There were moments you wanted to fit Tiger for another green jacket. There were moments you wanted him to give it up for good.
Woods alternated between brilliance and horror and finished with a 4-under-par 284. He shot the worst round of anyone at 76, but led in birdies with 24. He fired a bogeyfree 65 in round two that was his best round since the last time he won — at the WGC event in Ohio back in 2013.
“It blew me away.” That’s what Woods said about so many fellow pros offering their support, advice and even just company for a night out.
After nearly 20 years of focus and grinding out wins with an intimidating aura, Tiger has learned the man behind the 14 majors and 79 career wins has earned more respect and admiration from his rivals than he ever imagined. Players gave their time to be in his charity events that benefit his foundation.
Woods fired off lots of tweets in his role as Ryder Cup assistant captain. One rival spoke of how players began tweet-comparing trophy cases and Tiger chimed in with the all-time winner — only to be told he didn’t count.