Tiger Woods is back and that is HUGE for the game of golf.
Last month, golf fans glued their eyes to the TV for Tiger’s unofficial return at the Hero World Challenge where he finished tied for 9th at 8 under par. His short game was a little shaky at times during his return, but he showed flashes of what has been and what will be.
This 2-iron here got me off my couch:
260 yards. 2-iron.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 30, 2017
Tiger has committed to play in the Farmers Insurance Open later this month at Torrey Pines Golf Club, a place he has won 8 times, including a U.S. Open. The biggest thing for Tiger will be his confidence, and returning to a course he has played so well at in the past will be huge.
What can we expect from Tiger in his 2018 debut? I would expect more of what we saw at the Hero World Challenge. Flashes of brilliance along with a little bit of rust. After all, it will take him a few competitive rounds to work out the kinks. After what we saw from the Bahamas, length will not be an issue for Tiger, he is still one of the longest players on tour. At this point, it’s all about repetition.
Torrey Pines is a demanding track and you need to keep it in the fairway to score. Tiger showed us how straight he can hit it at the Hero World Challenge where he had 4 great days of driving the ball including missing just one fairway on Sunday. Torrey isn’t as flat as the Albany course in the Bahamas, but if Tiger can continue to drive the ball into the fairway, he will find himself near the top of the leader board. If not, he will be somewhere near the middle of the pack.
Tiger’s return will certainly bring back the fans, the viewership and the sponsors, so this is big for the game of golf. Let’s hope this return goes better than past returns.