Sympatico: Woods' latest comeback

It is the doldrums of professional golf — but glorious for anyone interested in playing, at least in Ontario where it feels more like June than October.

Anyway, what else is there to write about — but Tiger Woods’ return to golf at the Open:

“I’ve kind of done all that legwork and now it’s time to play.”

That’s exactly what we’ve been waiting to hear from Tiger Woods for almost two years. Forget about the tawdry sex scandals, the divorce, the lost business deals and the numerous injuries. In the rearview are the jettisoned swing coaches, the disgruntled former caddy, and the disappointed friends.

Now, apparently healthy for the first time in recent memory, Woods is attempting to demonstrate that he can recover from his personal folly and professional fumbles. Can he ever hope to once again be the player who singularly dominated golf for more than a decade? Or will his shattered psyche and tattered knee keep him from rising to the lofty heights he once scaled so effortlessly, with such tremendous flair?

The first step back is this week where Woods shows up at a rare appearance in one of golf’s lesser events, his first tournament since looking awkward and lost at the PGA Championship in August. Woods is in California for the Open, one of the PGA Tour’s so-called “fall finish” tournaments. Usually these tournaments are the domain of players desperately trying to hold on to the playing privileges for the following year. For those who failed to play in September’s FedEx playoffs, the final handful of tournaments represents a chance to reclaim a year on the brink. The game’s biggest stars rarely show up among the names of fading past champions and young guns trying to find their place on tour.

Woods, on the other hand, is trying to demonstrate that he can once again be the game’s biggest star, that all his effort in rebuilding his swing yet again with Canadian swing coach Sean Foley hasn’t been in vain. His mantra these days involves “reps,” which is Woods’ way of indicating his game has struggled because of the lack of play.

The full column is here.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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