Even if you’re not a golf fan, everyone has heard about Tiger Woods’ amazing comeback at the 2019 Masters in Augusta. Woods has been a champion in the sport, but what he did at the Masters made history. This is not a story solely about coming back to win the Masters; it’s about the solid determination to win after a number of injuries, a scandal and a self-imposed hiatus. Woods’ story gives hope to those in any sport to not give up and to keep fighting.
Since 2008, Woods has had a number of injuries starting with his left knee. He then had stress fractures in his tibia. Yet, he came back from these injuries to win the U.S. Open that year. He was told by his doctors not to play, but Woods’ determination won out, earning him his 14th major tournament. He also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the FedExCup. In 2010, he had an inflamed facet joint in his neck, yet goes on to earn a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. The following years are the same, an injury and then a comeback. There was a scandal thrown in the mix that cost Woods some sponsors. What’s interesting is that Nike has been by Woods’ side through it all. It’s a good thing too, since Woods’ victory at the Masters added $2 billion to Nike’s market value. In 2011, he has another knee injury and ties 37th in the WGC-Bridgestone International. The injuries are starting to pile up, and this is before his back issues.
Woods’ starts withdrawing from tournaments and takes more time off to heal. It’s not looking so good and his health is affecting his game. Between 2015 and 2017, Wood’s endured four back surgeries. Yet, in 2018, he came back with a vengeance. This was the turning point; he played in 18 tournaments, won the Tour Championship (his first win in five years) and played on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. With each injury, Woods kept a brave face and moved forward. The Masters is a testament to his growth personally and professionally. He was patient the entire event and was completely focused on winning, despite the nay-sayers.
Woods’ victory at the Masters made golf history for a number of reasons, but most importantly for coming back stronger than ever. His determination to push through his injuries to play amazing golf is astounding. He should have given up, since everyone had given up on him. Yet, he kept going. Woods’ determination, unshakeable faith and dedication are what makes this a great comeback story.