Written by Madison Kerley and posted on isportsweb’s website on January 24, 2017
In just two days Tiger Woods will be teeing it up in his first PGA Tour event since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Yes, he did play in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December 2016, but that’s his own tournament he hosts and it is not even an official PGA Tour event.
Woods isn’t starting off slow though. After almost a year and a half of no events, his schedule has him playing in four events over the next five weeks. Fans who have missed watching Tiger play are about to see a lot of him in the next month.
Before Woods tees it up on Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, here are some interesting things about him to think about.
When he tees it up on Thursday it will have been 522 days since he last played in a PGA Tour Event. The 2015 Wyndham Championship was held Aug. 20-23. No matter who the golfer is that’s a long break.
Since his back surgery in the beginning of 2014 he has not completed a full season on tour. His days since have been filled with multiple surgeries and all sorts of injuries. In fact, Woods withdrew from the 2015 Farmers Insurance Open because his glutes “weren’t activated.” Despite all of this, Woods says he is ready to compete this time.
Even though it was not an official PGA Tour tournament, Woods was in the hunt at the Hero World Challenge in December and is expected to be at Torrey Pines as well. The fact that he is Tiger Woods combined with the fact he made 24 birdies in the Bahamas about a month and a half ago leaves fans hopeful their man is back. Las Vegas thinks so too. Woods odds to win this week are 30/1, the same odds as rival Phil Mickelson and only worse than nine other players in the field.
Woods has dominated at this course. His total winnings at Torrey Pines are $8.2 million. He has competed at the course 16 times, eight of which have been wins including a U.S. Open. Also, four of the eight times he didn’t win he finished within the top five. Woods has arguably the greatest career of all time and successes at many courses, but there is no course he has had more success at than Torrey Pines.
He has the support of his competitors. With the success and dominance he had at the peak of his career, he gained the respect and admiration from almost everyone. Other tour pros including Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia have recently spoken out and shown their support about Woods’ return. Els even went as far as to say he has a chance to still win a couple majors. Els also talked about how good Woods is for the game of golf in general. The support Woods is receiving from other players will only help his comeback.
Despite the 522-day drought in his PGA Tour play, Woods has everything right in line to start his comeback out hot this week at Torrey Pines. This is an exciting time not only for Tiger fans but for the game of golf as well. The excitement and energy Woods brings to the game is unmatched. It is now time to see how the next chapter in Woods’ career is going to unfold.