Tiger Woods is no stranger when it comes to injuries.
Numerous times throughout his 27-year career, he gave golf fans a scare after sustaining fatal injuries, like his left-knee cartilage injury in 2008, a pinched back nerve in 2014, and most recently his right ankle and foot pain that caused him to withdraw from the 3rd round of Masters in April 2023.
However, time and time again, Woods recuperated, returned to his best form, and won himself a staggering total of 106 worldwide wins and 15 majors, successfully etching his name as one of golf’s best players in the history books.
Tiger Woods: Masters in April
Woods retreated from the tournaments after the pain in his right ankle persisted.
The 47-year-old had winced after the majority of his swings in the Masters in April and had hobbled considerably on the wet course of Augusta National Golf Club.
Left with no choice, Woods withdrew from the event on April 9, and ten days later, he announced that he had undergone subtalar fusion surgery.
Hero World Challenge in Albany, Bahamas
All throughout his period of recovery, there have been several rumors suggesting that Woods has reached the end of his career and is planning to retire anytime soon.
However, Woods came back, full of confidence, and announced that he would be participating at the Hero World Challenge this week at Albany in the Bahamas.
He is so back. 🐅pic.twitter.com/nipgCWksF8
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) November 28, 2023
In his latest press conference, Woods stated that, following a successful surgery, he was now free of any ankle pain.
He also admitted that after being away from the action for several months, his game is now a “little rusty.”
Despite any apprehensions he may have regarding his comeback, Tiger Woods says he’s still excited about the upcoming competition.
“I’m excited to compete and play, and I’m just as curious as all of you are, see what happens—because I haven’t done it in a while,” the 15-time major champion said, via The Golf Channel.
Woods stated that his love for competing in the sport serves as his primary source of inspiration. He added that there will come a point in time where he’ll think that he won’t be able to win and when that time comes, he’ll walk away from the sport.
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) November 28, 2023
Hearing this, one reporter followed up with another question, “So you being here [Hero World Challenge] assumes you think you can still win?” to which Woods immediately responded, “Absolutely.”
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