By: Carter Caldwell
Since 2014, professional golfer Tiger Woods has been low-profile. This is, in large part, due to his multiple microdiscectomy surgeries, which interfered immensely with his career. However, in 2018, Woods announced he would be competing in his first ever PGA Tour, an event in which he faced 18 of the the top-20 players in the world. As if the stakes weren’t high enough, Woods was coming off a five year title drought. Woods qualified 20th for the Tour, but once play began he became the player golf fans were worried had disappeared to the clutches of time.
The momentum for Woods’s victory began on his walk to the 18th hole, which he made accompanied by thousands of energetic fans. The crowd, Woods later said, nearly had him in tears. In the end, Woods holed a two-putt par to put his victory draught to rest, and in the process nearly broke World Golf Hall of Famer Sam Snead’s record of winning 82 PGA Tour events, a feat that is even more impressive when one accounts for the fact that Snead was considered one of the best players in the world for the better part of 40 years.