Tiger Woods is known all over the world for being a record-breaking professional golfer and for being one of the most famous athletes in history.
He was at the top of his game from 1997 to 2008, setting new standards for golfing excellence. Read on from more on Tiger Woods Dominate Golf Again…
Guest Writer: Lauren Hale
In addition to his prolific career, he was one of the most marketable sportsmen in the world during his earlier years, receiving numerous lucrative endorsement contracts from big brands like Nike, General Mills, General Motors, and American Express.
In 2009, however, the star athlete’s illustrious career was interrupted by a series of marital scandals and physical injuries. All these harmed both his professional and personal life and, ultimately, pushed the world-famous golfer to take an indefinite break from competitive golf from December 2009 to April 2010.
Since returning to regular competition, Woods has made steady progress to the top of his golfing game. As the world watches in wonder and bated breath at his slow but steady comeback, there is an undeniable question: is it possible for Tiger Woods to dominate golf again? Here are four important factors to consider:
Epic Masters Win
Tiger Woods’ latest victory at the 2019 Masters Tournament, the most important of all annual golf tournaments, officially marked his comeback from personal and professional hardship. The win catapulted him to the forefront of golfing history once more. It also served as a reminder of the professional golfer’s notable achievements in the past.
Woods has been awarded the PGA Player of the Year for a record-breaking eleven times. He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam and has won fourteen professional major golf championships, second only to Jack Nicklaus, who won eighteen. These are just a few of his career highlights, but all of them point at a potential that could enhance not just Woods’ legacy but also rewrite sports history.
Accidents and pain are part and parcel of sports tournaments, and even a star golfer like Tiger Woods is not immune to them. He has suffered several sports injuries and undergone surgical procedures over his more than two-decades-long career. Some of his injuries have even caused him to withdraw from tournaments. In 2008, for example, he was advised to rest for six weeks because of two stress fractures in his left tibia, an announcement that came only a few weeks before the US Open.
In 2011, he withdrew from the Players Championship after being diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his left knee. The condition also caused him to miss competing in the next two months. More recently, in March 2019, he withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of a neck strain. All these physical challenges are expected to take a toll even on someone as determined as Tiger Woods.
Ageing Curve of Athletes
Age takes a toll on even the best and most seasoned athletes. For golfers, the aging curve is anticipated to decline at around forty-five years old. Aside from deteriorating physical health, younger players are also an emerging threat as they start to dominate the sport. At forty-three, Tiger Woods is already nearing the dreaded mark, but with his latest Masters win, he demonstrates that he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
Woods has become the second-oldest golfer to win the Masters, right behind Jack Nicklaus. The retired American professional golfer, nicknamed the Golden Bear, won the tournament at the age of forty-six way back in 1986. What Woods does next in the next couple of years can make or break his ascent in golf.
Like any sport, there is a psychological element to golf. The best athletes enter the battlefield confident that they have already won. As Sun Tzu said, “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” Tiger Woods not only has the physical mastery and discipline to dominate golf, he knows how to use psychological warfare to subdue his opponents as well. His stoic demeanor during the Masters Tournament held in April 2019 harkens back to the old days when Woods subtly intimidated his opponents with his calm and clever gameplay. It was only when Woods tapped his final putt that he let out a victorious shout, revealing how meaningful the win was for him.
In addition to his strategic playing style, Woods’ jaw-dropping achievements are enough to unnerve even the most seasoned and confident professional golfer.
With his steady ascent and recent victories, Tiger Woods shows that he has what it takes to reclaim his throne in the world of golf.