It’s been months of golf since we’ve seen Tiger Woods. We’ve seen Martin Kaymer run away with the U.S. Open, we’ve seen Bubba Watson once again win the Masters, and we’ve seen a bunch of solid PGA Tour professionals win tournaments each and every week.
Has it been fun to watch? Well, honestly, not really. The thing is though, that’s Tiger. He’s the greatest player many golf fans have ever seen. His swing is textbook and his fist-pumps are beyond incredible. That’s Tiger Woods, that’s why many fans watch and when he isn’t there, it seems as if the magnitude of the tournament lessens.
Recently though, on his Facebook page, Woods announced his return this week to play in the Quicken Loans National tournament, his tournament.
What does that do for the ratings? Drive them up like a straight shooting rocket heading into space. What does that do for the announcers and commentators? Give them the buzz and the energy and the excitement that has been missing at these non-majors for weeks. What does that do for us fans? It gives us hope that Tiger will once again return to the complete dominance from years ago.
What are the odds Tiger wins this week? Pretty bad if I had to guess. But Tiger Woods has won at Congressional Country Club twice out of four times and has made the cut in each and every tournament. He has a chance this week — to make the cut.
Sure, he’s had success on this course. Sure he’s shown himself to be a super-human specimen when it comes to injury at times. And sure he might’ve been able to clear his head of issues over this recovery period. Those are all purely true, but the problem is, he’s only been hitting golf shots for a week.
But don’t focus on the golf-side of Tiger this week. Focus on the buzz that he’ll create. Focus on the excitement that’ll take place in Washington D.C. Focus on the man who has built golf over these last twenty years and is trying to sustain that.
Tiger Woods will be back this week at Congressional, and whether you’re a fan or not, just know that this comeback is just simply good for golf.