Tiger Woods Stumbles On Return To PGA Tour
It was a highly anticipated event. Tiger Woods was making his return to the PGA Tour at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after missing nearly three months of competitive golf rehabing from knee surgery. The crowds were back but Tiger’s game wasn’t as he finished 18 strokes behind the eventual winner Adam Scott. The reasons, in my opinion, were fourfold.1) RUST. He hadn’t played a round of competitive golf since dropping out of the Players Championship after nine holes in May.
2) HEALTH. He has had four surgeries on his left knee which has made some question whether or not he would be able to generate the same amount of power with his swing
3)YOUTH MUST BE SERVED. Tiger will be 36 in December. There are a number of young 20-something golfers who grew up inspired by his play and are now competing at the same if not slightly higher level. Examples are Rory McIllroy (22), Ricky Fowler (22), Dustin Johnson (27) and Jason Day (23).
4)THE WORLD IS CATCHING UP. In 2000, when Tiger was #1 worldwide, 6 of the top 10 and 10 of the top 20 were Americans. In 2011 only 4 of the top 10 and 7 of the top 20 are Americans. Challengers are coming from all over the globe.
Will Tiger ever win another tournament. Probably. But will he ever dominate like he did before? Highly unlikely. In the meantime you can catch Tiger along with Ricky Fowler and others at the Notah Begay 3rd Foundation Challenge August 31st at the Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort Casino.