THE “GOAT” IS BACK ON THE GREEN, GUIDING HIS SON TO GREATNESS. Tiger Woods spotted at Florida golf course with his son

THE “GOAT” IS BACK ON THE GREEN, GUIDING HIS SON TO GREATNESS. Tiger Woods spotted at Florida golf course with his son

Tiger Woods seen at son’s event, golf club in hand

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Well, the question of when and if he returns to competition is still very much up in the air, but Woods’ faithful now has another sign that a comeback may be looming.A photo that was posted to Twitter shows the 15-time major champion watching his son on the range at a junior golf tournament in Florida. Woods appears to be putting weight on his legs without any assistance while holding a golf club. His right leg, which suffered fractures in both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones in his Feb. 23 car crash, is no longer in a cast but is covered with a sleeve in the photo.The 45-year-old was seen putting weight on his legs in late July for the first time since the crash in Los Angeles. About two and a half months since then, it appears he’s still making progress with his rehabilitation.Woods has mostly been out of the public eye since the crash, however, he contributed to Team USA’s Ryder Cup win from a distance, speaking with the entire American squad on the phone ahead of Friday’s opening round at Whistling Straits.

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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods
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Woods at the White House in May 2019
Personal information
Full name Eldrick Tont Woods
Nickname Tiger
Born December 30, 1975 (age 45)
Cypress, California
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)[1]
Sporting nationality
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United States
Residence Jupiter Island, Florida
Spouse

(m. 2004; div. 2010)

Children 2
Career
College Stanford University
(two years)
Turned professional 1996
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1996)
Professional wins 109[2]
Highest ranking 1 (June 15, 1997)[3]
(683 weeks)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 82 (Tied 1st all time)
European Tour 41 (3rd all time)[notes 1][4]
Japan Golf Tour 3
Asian Tour 2
PGA Tour of Australasia 3
Other 16
Best results in major championships
(wins: 15)
Masters Tournament Won: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019
PGA Championship Won: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007
U.S. Open Won: 2000, 2002, 2008
The Open Championship Won: 2000, 2005, 2006
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2021 (member page)
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1996
PGA Player of the Year 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
PGA Tour
Player of the Year
1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
Vardon Trophy 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013
Byron Nelson Award 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
FedEx Cup Champion 2007, 2009
Presidential Medal of Freedom 2019
(For a full list of awards, see here)
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Jul 16, 2015; St Andrews, GBR; Tiger Woods on the 2nd green during the first round for the 144th Open Championship at St. Andrews – Old Course.

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer. He is tied for first in PGA Tour wins, ranks second in men’s major championships, and holds numerous golf records.[5] Woods is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of the most famous athletes in history. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Following an outstanding junior, college, and amateur golf career, Woods turned professional in 1996 at the age of 20. By the end of April 1997, he won three PGA Tour events in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters, which he won by 12 strokes in a record-breaking performance. He reached number one in the world rankings for the first time in June 1997, less than a year after turning pro. Throughout the first decade of the 21st century, Woods was the dominant force in golf. He was the top-ranked golfer in the world from August 1999 to September 2004 (264 consecutive weeks) and again from June 2005 to October 2010 (281 consecutive weeks). During this time, he won 13 of golf’s major championships.

The next decade of Woods’ career was marked by comebacks. On his return to regular competition, Woods made steady progress to the top of the game, winning his first tournament in five years at the Tour Championship in September 2018 and his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters.

Woods has held numerous golf records. He has been the number one player in the world for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer in history. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times and has won the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times. Woods has the record of leading the money list in ten different seasons. He has won 15 professional major golf championships (trailing only Jack Nicklaus, who leads with 18) and 82 PGA Tour events (tied for first all time with Sam Snead). Woods leads all active golfers in career major wins and career PGA Tour wins. Woods is the fifth (after Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus) player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest to do so. He is also the second golfer (after Nicklaus) to achieve a career Grand Slam three times.

Woods has won 18 World Golf Championships. He was also part of the American winning team for the 1999 Ryder Cup. In May 2019, Woods was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump, the fourth golfer to receive the honor.

On February 23, 2021, Woods was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after a single-car collision and underwent emergency surgery to repair compound fractures sustained in each leg in addition to a shattered ankle.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Davis Love III was in contention, as if anyone cared. He played before a handful of mostly silent fans who couldn’t help but notice the ruckus unfolding a few holes ahead as Tiger Woods made his way through the back nine on what would become an historic Sunday in sports.

“Bring it on home Mr. Woods,” the well lubricated shouted from the hillsides as Woods surged into contention in the Las Vegas Invitational, a tournament that was suddenly the hottest ticket in town.

“Tiger, Tiger, Tiger,” they chanted as they strained, jostling one another to get a glimpse of the greatness to come.

It was 25 years ago this week, and golf was about to change forever.

At the age of 20, Woods was already a phenom. Earlier in the year he had won his third straight U.S. Amateur, then turned pro to a “Hello, world” campaign by Nike that made him a millionaire before he ever hit a shot for pay.

Tigermania was brewing but Woods hadn’t really had his official coming out party yet. That would require a win, something he hadn’t been able to do in four tournaments since making his pro debut in Milwaukee.

Still, four shots back going into Sunday was close enough to bring an extra 10,000 fans who would never have considered going to a golf tournament any other time to the foothills on the edge of Las Vegas. They believed, even if some of Wood’s fellow pros were a little miffed at the attention given a player not even able to gamble legally in the city’s casinos.

“Everything has been Tiger, Tiger,″ an exasperated Fred Funk said earlier in the week after an opening 62 put him atop the leaderboard but barely got a mention in the morning newspaper. ”They kind of forget about everyone else out here.″

On this day no one else really mattered. Not Fred Funk. Certainly not Ronnie Black, who held the final round lead and will forever hold a historical footnote in golf.

I was following Woods as he moved into contention, covering the tournament for The Associated Press. He would shoot 63 in the second round, despite a second shot from well right of the 16th fairway that went into the water on the par-5 hole.

He yelled a profanity to no one in particular as he watched the ball disappear.

In a sign of things to come, Woods simply overpowered the TPC Summerlin course on the weekend. He eagled the third hole in his final round, and on the ninth hit a 6-iron into green of the par-5 hole while playing partner Keith Fergus hit two drivers and was still short.

Fans had never seen anything like it before. Woods was crushing drives into places his fellow competitors didn’t even have on their yardage books.

A new era in golf had suddenly arrived. The fans didn’t need any encouragement to hop aboard.

As Woods surged into the lead on the back nine Sunday, I walked just behind him, taking in scenes unlike any I had ever seen in golf. Polite applause had been replaced by raucous yelling and fans ran after each shot toward the next, trying to get in position for a glimpse of the young phenom.

A 12-foot birdie putt tied Woods for the lead on the par-3 14th hole, and as we walked to the 15th tee, the ropes could barely contain people who reached out to touch Woods or plead for him to toss a golf ball.

“Can’t you see we got a little something going here?” caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan admonished one overly eager fan who demanded Woods’ ball as the scrum moved to the 15th tee.

Woods and Love would need extra holes to settle things on this day, but the coronation of Woods would not wait any longer. After hitting an iron safely on the green on the first playoff hole, he watched as Love airmailed his short iron into the back bunker. When Love couldn’t get it up and down, Woods had the first of what would become 82 PGA Tour wins.

The win paid $297,000, and came with a Masters invitation for 1997. Woods posed on the 18th green with two scantily clad showgirls and the oversized check, with no hint of the scandalous things that would forever link him to Las Vegas later in his career.

“It’s been an unbelievable experience,″ Woods said. ”It’s just like winning the Amateur, though. I really can’t say what it means until I think about it more.″

Six months later, Woods won his first green jacket in a runaway, his first of what would be 15 major championship wins. He would go on to become the greatest player of his time, and arguably the greatest of any time.

It all started when he hit the jackpot in Las Vegas.

 

 

 

 

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