I have tried to write this article a couple of times, but every time I am about to finish it, Tiger Woods always withdraws from the tournament. This week he finally decided to play in the Hero World Challenge. Everyone had two opinions on what he was going to do: he was either going to go low and be in contention, or he was going to choke and look like the Tiger Woods we know and not-so-loved in 2015. I think people on both sides of the Tiger spectrum got what they were expecting.
The people who thought he was going to choke saw a result that fueled their belief. As soon as we thought Tiger was climbing up the leaderboard and looked to be in contention, he either bogeyed or double-bogeyed the next hole. Even though he had birdie streaks here and there, he always lost those strokes sometime later in the round due to careless mistakes.
“Quite frankly … it feels a little weird not to play in a cart.”
Tiger reflects on his return to competition. https://t.co/4gy9k9VtrA
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 4, 2016
If you were a part of the group of people who thought Tiger would shoot a low score, you saw a glimpse of the old Tiger. As I said before, he had hot streaks here and there, he even shot the lowest score he has had in about a year and a half; carding a 7-under 65. He had moments where we caught glimpses of vintage Tiger, especially with his wedges and distance off the tee.
My opinion on Tiger though is that I think he can make a comeback. Maybe not win another major, but I think he can win another tournament or two. He just has to start playing more and relearn how to play under adrenaline. He even said this himself in his post-round interview. Tiger also has potential to return to form, in the tournament he had the most birdies in the field this week; tournament winner Hideki Matsuyama coming in second. He just has to knock off some of the rust and I think he can start being in contention and maybe even winning some tournaments.