COMMENTARY: Tiger Woods wins big at Tour Championship, revives storied career


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Tiger Woods smiles after his victorious run at the Tour Champion 2018.

Towards the end of September, professional golfer Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship for 2018, ending his major title drought since 2013.

Woods victory arguably was not just his reception of a title– but rather it was his reinstallment in the golfing hierarchy after a five-year standstill.

Woods is unquestionably one of golf’s all-time elites, if not the greatest of all time. Waiting for him to win a tournament of any real importance felt like an eternity. Nevertheless, for the moment he is back amongst the golfing prime.

Golf is a sport defined by its legends. A single moniker stands above all others throughout history: Tiger. To even casual sports fans, the name Tiger Woods carries weight and is synonymous with the game of golf itself.

Emerging stars like Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson have all staked their claims as the best golfers in the world in the recent past, but even after each of their individual successes, none can draw a viewership or spark an interest quite like Woods.

He is the undisputed king of golf and he has been since winning his first major in 1997 at the Masters Tournament. With his recent victory, he is set to maintain that position for the foreseeable future. To many, his legacy is fixed, and nothing else he does from this point on can change it. What is not up for debate, however, is Woods’s talent.  When Woods steps onto the course, the sporting world continues to take notice.

Woods’s triumph is all the more notable in light of his well-documented career and personal struggles in the decade following his victory at the U.S. Open in 2008. The run of highly-publicized incidents started in 2009– an infidelity scandal and subsequent divorce– forced Woods to take a prolonged absence from golf tournaments and cost him nearly all of his sponsors.

This clearly affected his performance, as he did not win another tournament for nearly two years. After rebounding with a promising 2013 golf season, he failed to match his elite standards for the next four years. During this time period, he was also arrested for a DUI in 2017. Woods’s career has been a roller coaster ride of epic proportions, marked by more ups and downs than one would expect from a man with the second-most cumulative wins. Say what you will about all his issues, but Woods has once again ascended the ranks.