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Tiger Woods has many records to his name and now he is taking on Barack Obama. No, Tiger isn’t running for President but it is speculated that his return will be one of if not the biggest media spectacle since Obama’s inauguration. The world no.1 who hasn’t played competitively since November 15, when he won the Australian Masters in Melbournesaid, “The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played.”
“I have undergone almost two months of in-patient therapy and I am continuing my treatment. Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life.”
The 34-year old golfer crashed his car outside his Florida home only a fortnight after winning in Melbourne. The seemingly innocuous incident lead to unexpected revelations about his personal life and a break from golf. Tiger Woods emerged only in February to apologise for his actions after he had been forced underground by the media frenzy. It had been hinted that he could make a comeback in March in Florida at the Travistock Cup tournament or at the Arnold Palmer Invitational which starts on the 25th of March.
So it comes as a pleasant surprise for his fans that he will be at the year’s first major at Augusta. However, many feel that his decision to make a comeback at the Masters is because traditionally the Masters’ galleries are more polite than anywhere else and because the media and public access is restricted. Tiger Woods is third in the all-time PGA Tour rankings in terms of career victories with 71 successes, only Sam Snead (83) and Jack Nicklaus (73) having done better than him.
Tiger Woods is not new to come-backs, he came back after his father’s death in 2002 and in 2008 he won the US Open at Torrey Pines while playing with a double stress fracture in his left shinbone.
The world’s fascination with this phenomenal golfer has always been very high and it has probably only increased after the revelations of his flaws. So it’s inevitable that the run-up to the first major championship of the year will be dominated by questions about Tiger Woods. His competitors might find this a tad annoying but his supporters couldn’t be happier.