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While he may not have shot his best golf, there’s no denying Tiger Woods is officially back, and he’s already in control of the PGA Tour, at least from a popularity standpoint. Of course, that’s not why Woods plays the sport — I’m thinking he really likes to win, but maybe that’s just me — but the fact remains, there isn’t a more popular star in the sports world right now. Who else would generate this kind of press
for a opening round 3 and 2 win in a non-PGA Major event? Certainly not Phil Mickelson or Anthony Kim or Sergio Garcia (the list continues).
Any worries about his reconstructed knee ligament were answered when Woods was delayed on one of the back nine holes. He thought his knee might stiffen up during the wait. It did not. Woods also indicated he felt no pain in legs, although he did acknowledge ACL recovery is an everyday process.
Tiger’s press conference after the jump >>
Tomorrow, the most recognizable athlete in the world resumes his sport of choice and to say there’s an air of anticipation surrounding Eldrick “Tiger” Woods would be akin to saying the sun is bright — while true, it doesn’t quite capture all that’s going on with our solar system’s power supply. Take, for example, today’s practice round. According to the WWL
, there were over 100 credentialed reporters there and by the time Tiger got to the 9th hole, a 500-plus strong gallery had formed behind him. Oh, and the grandstand was full as well. Using my rudimentary math skills, that’s something close to 1000 people who gathered to watch someone practice
We’re talking about practice. Not a game, not a game, but practice.
Speaking of, how did Woods look in his first public golfing appearance since the US Open? According to those who saw him, Tiger is indeed back and he might just be better than when he left — a thought I’m sure the rest of the PGA has heard by now.
The Return of the Tiger after the jump >>