FORE­WORD

Golf Asia - - CONTENTS - BEN POON [email protected]­gent­media.sg

Around nine months into his come­back from spinal fu­sion surgery, the golf­ing world has been abuzz. And like a jump-started car, roared back to life as Tiger re­turned to com­pet­i­tive golf and proved he can still com­pete and per­haps even win an­other ma­jor or two. Many have lamented the bi­ased cov­er­age on both tele­vi­sion as well as on so­cial me­dia that Tiger Woods re­ceives even when he isn’t in con­tention. Thing is, he has brought back so much in­ter­est and life to the events he’s played in so far. At the 100th PGA Cham­pi­onship, Tiger turned back the clock to the once fa­mil­iar roars from spec­ta­tors. Although the event was even­tu­ally won by Brooks Koepka, his sec­ond ma­jor of the year I must add, and third so far. You wouldn’t have guessed it, judg­ing by the crowds that in­cluded jour­nal­ists, pho­tog­ra­phers, fans and naysay­ers alike, who fol­lowed Tiger all though the event. Per­haps all hop­ing to bear wit­ness to an­other ma­jor win, with Tiger now back in the hunt of equalling or bet­ter­ing Jack Nick­laus’ 18 ma­jor wins. Not for­get­ting he did fin­ish 6th at The Open Cham­pi­onship ear­lier in the year too! At the North­ern Trust event, Tiger Woods made the cut for the 13th time in 15 tour­na­ments since his re­turn to golf. Un­for­tu­nately he strug­gled all week with the flat­stick and fin­ished the tour­na­ment tied 40th, he did in­sist his driv­ing was spot on that week though. As we send this is­sue to the print­ers, Tiger is still look­ing to ce­ment his place on the US Ry­der Cup team. He has missed out on an au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion but could still fea­ture as Cap­tain Jim Furyk’s one of four se­lec­tions. His in­clu­sion would def­i­nitely ben­e­fit the team, he has af­ter-all played in seven Ry­der Cups thus his ex­pe­ri­ence would be in­valu­able as will the sup­port of his not-so-small troop of fol­low­ers.

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