Tiger Woods: Return to Golf Shows No Sign of Return to Greatness
Tiger Woods has returned to golf in Bridgestone Invitational play this weekend. Through two rounds, we have just one request for the legendary golfer, will the real Tiger please stand up.
The golf world was abuzz this week as Tiger Woods came back to the links after a long hiatus due to a bum knee and lingering Achilles heel issues.
Woods claimed that he felt fresh and renewed, and would be ready to compete. Before that time, he asserted that he would not come back until he was ready to win.
Well, we are still waiting. The golfer had flashes of brilliance on Thursday and Friday as play continues at the Bridgestone Invitational.
For the most part though, he looked human. The shine of greatness had dulled. The one legendary luster had given way to a much more benign facade.
Day one proved to be a trial by fire as Woods proved to himself that his knee would be fine. He had to hit a couple of trying shots. One from under a low-hanging tree branch tested the golfers left knee. Yet, he came away unscathed.
On Friday, he took a step back. Woods finished the second round with a one-over 71, putting him well behind the leaders Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Ryan Moore, all currently 8-under on the tournament.
Tiger Woods looked more like the bogey man than a legend. He was never able to come back from early mistakes, and the scorecard showed it.
There was a very real anticipation when Woods announced his return. We all expected the old Woods to show up, the one with super human ability.
What we were given was a flawed Woods, one that missed two-foot putts. We continue to wonder if Woods will ever pass Jack Nicklaus with major wins.
I have a new question. Will Tiger Woods ever resemble the old legend? It is a question that will be answered when four straight days of solid golf are put together.
I am resigning myself to a sad fact. Woods is now a very good golfer, but no longer a great one.
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