Once considered the best golfer in history, Woods has struggled to win a major since his divorce with Elin Nordegren and his knee injury. He hasn't won a major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open. And while he's come close a few times, he has not been able to capture his elusive 15th major.
Tiger took the next step toward doing so at the Open Championship. He finished tied for third after remaining in contention during the entire tournament. He did struggle on Sunday, though, and finished at three-over par, thanks in large part to his triple bogey on the sixth hole.
While his struggles in the bunkers at Royal Lytham may have cost him a title, he played well for the first three rounds on a difficult course and was able to stay in contention the whole time.
While Tiger will never be able to restore his image after his scandal, he might be able to get his golf game back to where it was.
He's certainly making progress, winning three times this year at the Arnold Palmer, Memorial Tournament and AT&T Classic. Although he isn't very consistent right now, he is showing signs of improvement and may need just one more win to push him over the edge.
If Tiger can win the PGA Championship and get the pressure of winning his 15th major off of his back, then we can definitively say that he is back.
Right now, he's playing like he is on the verge of completing his comeback.
While you wouldn't know it if you saw his performance on the sixth hole, most of the struggle on that hole came from plain old bad luck.
Tiger's first shot from the bunker could not have been made by anyone who ever lived. His second was near impossible, but he managed to make the most of it. And his three-putt can be attributed to his lack of focus due to his struggles on the previous two shots.
Tiger had birdied that hole in each of the first three rounds. Just because he had one bad hole, that does not mean that he struggled.
Everyone has a bad hole. When you play a total of 72 holes over four days, you're bound to mess up on at least one. But Tiger didn't do too badly on the 71 other holes he played at the Open Championship.
While we can't yet say that he's back, he certainly took another step on the road to recovery this week.
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