A day that many golf fanatics thought they would never see has finally come. After five long years of defeats, Tiger Woods achieved his 80th PGA Tour win in the 2018 Tour Championships. While Woods has obtained a huge variety of titles throughout his career, this latest victory can definitely be seen as his greatest personal triumph.
When Woods first came under the spotlight in the late nineties, he was winning tournaments and awards almost every year. He looked unstoppable and few could have predicted his subsequent fall from grace.
What started in 2010, when he admitted to infidelity and divorced his wife, would turn out to be only the tip of the iceberg. After coming back from his hiatus from golf to try to solve his marital issues, injuries plagued him whenever he played. Prior to his divorce scandal, Woods had consistently been ranked in the top 10 of the world’s male golfers. He even set the record for most consecutive weeks being ranked as number one at 281.
Ever since then, Woods has suffered a whole host of injury problems, the most prominent issue being his back, on which he has had surgery four times in the last four years. As a result, he had to pull out of several tournaments and his ranking tumbled significantly compared to pre-2010, as symbolized in 2017 when Woods was at one point ranked 1199th; a career low..
To come back from all of his setbacks and issues to enter the winners’ circle yet again can be described as nothing other than true grit. At this time last year, Woods told journalists at the President’s Cup press conference: “I don’t know what my future holds for me”, so it is a spectacular feat to see him come back against the odds to finally claim this 80th PGA Tour win.
Out of all the titles that Woods has won, is this the most prestigious one? Not at all. However, is it one of his greatest personal victories? Without a doubt.
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