Tiger Woods’ triumph on the Masters earlier this 12 months has been hailed as one of many nice comeback tales within the historical past of sport. His run at Augusta got here on the again of a 10-year interval the place Woods — laid low by accidents and private troubles — was lowered to a pale shadow of his imposing self.
“It was incredible to earn another green jacket. The fun part for me was that while I held a good 14-1 record when I was leading at a Major, this time I was finally able to come from behind to win. Now I know that I can get the win in different ways — from being way behind, way ahead, or not playing at my best. Hopefully, that bodes well for the future,” Woods mentioned, on the sidelines of the Hero World Problem right here on Monday.
Giving it again
Woods appeared again at his maiden Masters win 1997, when he blitzed the sphere by 12 strokes. “I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I won in ‘97. The jokes and the needling I received from guys like Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen. I gave it back to them too (laughs). That was an incredible experience for me, and now I have been a part of it for so long. To stand here as the Masters champion — no one could have predicted that in 2016. The winner’s club is pretty exclusive — you have to earn your way into it. And there is nothing better than the Masters champions dinner. It is one of the hardest dinners to get into,” Woods mentioned.
The 43-year-old has battled a protracted listing of accidents — a difficult again, particularly, has affected him an amazing deal in latest occasions.
Studying to manage
Woods has learnt how to deal with the calls for of the PGA Tour whereas holding his physique in good condition. “The days of 8-hour practice sessions are long gone. I work more on chipping and wedging now. Putting has been difficult because bending is tough on my back. I have to maximise the short 30-minute practice sessions by really, really getting into that deep focus mode. My body may not be in peak shape, but my mind is. When I enter a tournament, I find a way to manage the stiffness and get the job done on the fly,” Woods mentioned.
Given all of the ups and downs he has confronted throughout the course of his 23-year skilled profession, the American is pleased to reside within the current. “I try to enjoy every moment, whilst making plans for the future. People will look back on the past as well. That’s life. The time I have left as a professional golfer — that window is smaller than it used to be. I recognise it, and it’s not a bad thing,” Woods mentioned.
(The author is in Nassau on invitation from Hero MotoCorp)