Earlier this year, rumors were swirling that Tiger Woods’ golfing career was over. After back surgeries in September and October of 2015, the rumors stated that he was having trouble sitting down — much less hitting a golf ball. When he spoke, Tiger didn’t sound overly optimistic about a successful comeback.
However, to the surprise of many, Tiger today announced that he’ll return to competitive golf next week in Napa, California at the Safeway Open. The event is officially the first tournament of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.
Once upon a time, Tiger was a lock to be on top of the world rankings. These days, after taking more than a year off to deal with his back surgeries, he’s ranked 767th.
How will Tiger do? Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik has seen him play recently and he’s very bullish about Tiger’s return to greatness.
“He’s been hitting a lot of balls, and he’s hitting it great,” Parnevik told Golf Digest. “He’s pounding it a mile and flushing everything. On the range, at least, his trajectory and ball flight are like the Tiger we knew 15 years ago. Comebacks are never a sure thing, but something tells me his might be spectacular.”
Let’s hope that Tiger can return to the top — starting next week at the Safeway Open.