The saga of Tiger Woods has hit a rough street in recent years.
After years of domination in the game of golf, and in sports culture period, Woods hasn’t won a Major since 2008 and the eight years that have followed have featured a barrage of injuries, social mishaps and a new wave of young golfers who have almost made him an afterthought to a new generation of fans.
But Tiger is back, and for real this time.
Woods has not played in a tournament since August 2015 and throughout that year and a half, there have been many inklings as to if and when he would come back from a lingering back injury that has kept him sidelined.
So finally, this past week marked the return of Woods to the golf course, and it was held at a very familiar site for him: Torrey Pines.
Torrey Pines is the same course in which Woods won his last Major in the 2008 US Open on that torn ACL. Torrey Pines is also a place where Woods has never missed a cut, until this past weekend.
In his return, Tiger shot a 4-over par to miss the cut for the first time at Torrey Pines and for only the 16th time in his career.
It was a struggle of a return for Tiger as he shot an opening round 76 missing a lot of fairways off the tee and having to play from behind most of the day. He shot five bogeys, one double-bogey and three birdies in the round. This brought him to that 4-over par mark out of the gate.
On Friday, Woods had a better outing as he shot an even 72 on the course, falling short of making the cut by four strokes. This round, however, featured better striking from Woods, much better drives, but not enough birdie conversions when the opportunities presented themselves.
There were flashes of greatness and progress for Tiger throughout the round, but it just wasn’t enough.
Although disappointed that he failed to make the cut, we all know Woods’ main focus is the Masters in April. If he can continue to improve for the next two months leading up to that, then Woods should be in good shape to make a run for the major.
There is certainly a lot of work to be done, but you can never count out a golfer as great as Tiger Woods.
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