2010 has been characterized by plenty of drama in men’s golf, but a triumph is all alone when evaluating the most stressful moment of the decade.
A series of Ryder Cups nightclubs, including Europe’s stunning victory in the “Miracle of the Medinah”, will continue to live in the memory of many, and the number of exciting great stories is remarkable.
Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henry Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Shane Lowry finish in the biggest events of the last 10 years. You may well remember other stuff.
Golf has also made its long-awaited return to the Olympics, but there is no doubt that Tiger Woods’ success at the 2019 Masters goes well beyond the beginning of the decade.
In any case, one of the most recognizable athletes in the world that ends in 11 years of drought at the highest level will represent an important story.
Woods’ win at Augusta, however, was particularly notable because of the dark drafts he had overwhelmed since the last time he won a major.
At the end of the 2009 PGA Tour season, Woods was the undisputed world number one and, with 14 big companies to his name at the age of 33, he seemed likely to surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18.
No one could foresee the litany of failures that would follow, before finally experiencing the great glory once again.
It is only by recalling Woods’ pain that we can fully appreciate the truly enormous surprise of his astonishing deliverance.
Having won victory after victory after victory throughout the 2000s, Woods has brought an air of infidelity that few have ever achieved. Even when he gave a final lead round to a gentleman for the first time in the 2009 US PGA Championship, finishing second in the uneralded Y.E. Yang, it felt like just an amazing blip.
However, the man with arguably the most intimidating mentality in sports saw his aura breaking around the turn of the decade as a scandal involving his privacy with the dramatically snowballed.
After suffering minor injuries in a car accident outside his home on November 27, 2009, as the first of many noisy allegations of infidelity surfaced, Woods apologized next week for “leaving his family”, adding that some regretted the “infringements”.
His first appearance in the new decade was unforgettable. On February 19, 2010, Woods aired a stunning broadcast, in which she revealed that she had been treated and officially stated: “I was unbelieving, I had affairs, I was cheating, I knew my actions were wrong. normal rules don’t apply, I thought I could get away with what I wanted. “
Although he returned to compete again within two months, finishing fourth in the Masters, a young vulnerable Woods – whose divorce from wife Elin Nordegren was confirmed in August – endured his first innocent career as a professional at the back of his public affairs. , 64 titles in the past 10 years.
THE INJURY OF INJURY
Injuries had begun to hamper the Tiger the previous decade, notably when it somehow won the US Open in one leg in 2008, but its condition deteriorated sharply in 2010.
After a failed 2011 campaign that saw him fall from the top 50 in the world, Woods seemed to return as he has always recovered his form and won five PGA Tour events in 2013, regaining first place in the process.
A four-year injury nightmare, however, followed four back surgeries and a succession of tournaments.
In the few cases Woods was able to take the course during that time, he made a generally difficult appearance, the low point he reached at the Phoenix Open in February 2015 when he set off a career-worst 82.
Increasing difficulty on the sideline led to a 15-month absence that began in August of that year, and when Woods’ final return fell to another setback in early 2017, his prospects looked bleak.
“The cycle must break,” read an article on Fox Sports. “For the sake of the game and in a fair way to his peers, he has to see the writing on the wall and officially retire.”
Woods had his fourth operation in April 2017 – the spine surgery that appeared to represent a final roll of the dice as he returned to full fitness.
A month later, he arrived at a shocking night.
After being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at 3am. near his home on Jupiter Island, an amazing smuggler from a fragmented and deserted Woods – along with police footage showing him in alarmingly confused condition – quickly spread around the world.
Alcohol was not involved. Woods attributes the incident to an “unexpected reaction to prescription drugs”, and later pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving.
More than seven years after the car crash that marked the start of his spectacular fall from grace, another vehicle-related controversy left Woods looking for a dark and problematic figure. Given the prolonged nightmare of injury, it was difficult to see how it could compete at the highest level again.
In September 2017, a Woods rebounder was asked if he could see a scenario in which he did not return to competitive golf.
“Yes, for sure,” replied a man who had fallen off the top of the world 1,000. “I don’t know what my future holds for me. As I told you guys, I hit 60m shots.”
Twelve months later, at the end of a thrilling comeback season in which he had repeatedly contested for wins and approached two major tournaments, Woods was able to enjoy his first triumph of 2013 as he won the Tour Championship through extraordinary scenes he saw viewers to sink the 18th waterway.
It was a really special moment, but what followed was even better.
“THE LARGEST TENT IN GOLF FOREVER”
As great as Woods 2018 was in his previous games, one thing was missing. The man who won 14 big companies between 1997 and 2008 had not yet added to it.
That changed on April 14, 2019, as Woods nodded superbly to claim a fifth Masters crown and send an expected crowd into rebetions.
CBS commentator Jim Nantz fully appreciated the importance of the moment Woods broke his putt win in the 18th green. After announcing the champion’s “return to glory”, Nantz remained silent for two minutes and 42 seconds during the celebrations as deafening roars and cries of “TIGER, TIGER, TIGER” reflected Augusta.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Nantz said: “I made 34 Final Fours, had a Super Bowl farewell, Peyton [Manning’s], it’s the best I’ve ever covered and I feel very fortunate to be here.
“There was no way to say anything about these pictures of the Tiger with his family, the chant was in the background and the scene was rich, I knew instinctively that I wanted to sit down and enjoy it.”
When the comment finally went on, realtor Nick Faldo – a big six-time winner who has seen almost everything there is to see in his sport – simply stated: “This will be the biggest golf scene ever.”
Given the misery that has plagued Woods for much of the last decade, it is difficult to argue.
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