|The odds are back in Tiger’s favor|
|Written by Tawni Ricketts, Daily Vidette Sports Columnist|
|Tuesday, 27 March 2012 21:22|
Once again, Tiger Woods has made headlines.
But to his fans and personal pleasures alike, these are finally headlines of a victorious comeback for the king.
It has been over two years since the 2009 BMW Championship, where Woods received his sixth win of 2009, placing him at the peak of the golf world.
Like many of us know however, Tiger experienced a negative turn of events later in 2009, when he was plagued with personal turmoil, debacle, and injury that disheveled his career and many of his personal relationships.
As nearly all media outlets broke with the news of Tiger’s marriage infidelities, Woods announced on Dec. 11, 2009, that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from golf.
Upon his return in 2010 at the Masters tournament, Tiger failed to card any victories as fans and spectators saw the effects of the scandal send his game into a steady decline.
But all of that has now passed, and his two-year PGA Tour winning drought has ended, as Woods came out victorious on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
This is exactly what Tiger needed — he’s paid his dues and suffered long enough. After losing a marriage, endorsements, and respect from disappointed fans, it’s about time El Tigre snapped out of his slump, both physically and mentally.
As Rupert Adams, spokesman for British bookie William Hill, told ESPN, “The armor looks to be back in place again, and actually possibly the aura. Once again he’s got the swagger back in his step.”
So what can we expect from the 36-year-old golfer? Success.
Tiger has seemingly transformed his game. He is hitting farther and straighter than ever before — leading the PGA Tour’s total driving statistic, while in his magical prime years of 2000-2009 he seemed to rely on his remarkably strong short game. At Bay Hill, Tiger led the field in greens hit in regulation with 57-of-72.
Woods has earned four Masters Titles in his day, and many believe those aren’t his last.
According to ESPN, Hill lists Tiger as the 4-1 favorite to win his fifth Masters Tournament, while MGM in Las Vegas currently has Woods at the 3-1 favorite.
After winning by five at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on a difficult course, it’s safe to say that yes, Tiger is the favorite heading into the Masters.
In less-than-his-best showings at the Masters during his two-year drought, Woods still pulled off an impressive fourth place finish both years, and hasn’t finished worse than sixth place since his last title in 2005.
Not to mention, the mere thought of Woods potentially carding another Masters Victory, after all of the upheaval that has revolved around his name over the past couple of years, has diehard Tiger fans betting their retirement funds on what could potentially be the comeback of the century.
While Woods needs to sharpen his long game for the complicated course at Augusta so as to avoid being penalized, Tiger has his shot at a comeback here.
It’s time for a little positivity in the man’s life, and I’d personally love to see Tiger give my grandpa something to cheer about again.