One 12 months after Tiger Woods reignited his chase for golf’s doc 18 predominant wins with an unbelievable Masters victory, the coronavirus pandemic has flip into the most recent impediment to his historic chase.
Woods would have been defending his 15th occupation predominant title and within the hunt for a record-tying sixth inexperienced jacket this week at Augusta Nationwide had the lethal virus outbreak not halted sports activities actions actions actions actions actions actions actions actions worldwide.
“In a roundabout technique all of it obtained proper related acceptable proper right correct proper right here collectively for one magical week,” Woods talked about in February. “Merely an unbelievable week.”
Nonetheless this 12 months’s 84th Masters was postponed to 12-15 November, the Open Championship was cancelled, the US Open was delayed from June to September and the PGA Championship was moved from May to August.
“There are pretty further vital parts in life than a golf event related now,” Woods tweeted closing month. “We now have now to be protected, good and do what’s most attention-grabbing for ourselves, and our neighborhood.”
Woods electrified Augusta closing April alongside collectively collectively collectively collectively collectively collectively alongside together with his first final-round comeback predominant triumph, his first predominant title since 2008 inserting him three shy of the all-time doc set by Jack Nicklaus.
“He is acquired me shaking in my boots,” Nicklaus talked about closing April.
Woods, 44, might have assorted relaxation time for his surgically repaired as shortly as further ahead of a November Masters and even a bit further relaxation from the PGA Championship to the US Open if each are carried out as now scheduled.
“I’ve to take heed to my physique and precisely relaxation when wanted,” Woods tweeted in March.
Nonetheless Father Time is a rising matter. Solely eight males have acquired a extreme earlier their 44th birthday, none bigger than as shortly as.
Nicklaus is the most recent alongside collectively collectively collectively collectively collectively collectively alongside together with his 1986 Masters triumph at 46 whereas the late Julius Boros was the oldest predominant winner at 48 on the 1968 PGA.
“Really positively thought-about one among many hardest parts to solely accept as an older athlete is that you just merely merely merely merely merely’re not going to be as mounted as you had been at 23,” Woods talked about in July.
“I’ll have my scorching weeks. I shall be there in rivals with a hazard to win and I’ll win. Nonetheless there are occasions after I’m merely not going to be there.”
Contained contained inside the meantime, a bunch of rivals are of their prime, together with Rory McIlroy, who can full a occupation Grand Slam at an autumn Masters.
“I actually actually actually actually actually truly actually really feel this scheduling will practically positively be to Rory’s favour,” Nicklaus instructed Golf Channel. “He appears to play elevated contained contained inside the autumn. He has acquired the Tour Championship a pair occasions, carried out in (shut by) Atlanta, very comparable circumstances.”
Woods is 11th on the planet golf rankings, and simply seventh amongst Of us. Solely the one 4 will qualify for the US 2021 Tokyo Olympics squad.
“Olympic gold medal is often a hell of a feat,” Woods has talked about. “First I’ve to qualify. It’ll practically positively be thrilling if I acquired a hazard to characterize the USA contained all by way of the Olympic Video video video video video video video video video games.”
In coming years, Woods would see packages together with Augusta Nationwide the place he has acquired majors ahead of, together with the 2021 US Open at Torrey Pines, a progress the place his eight titles embody the 2008 US Open, and the British Open in 2022 at St Andrews, the place Woods has twice acquired the Claret Jug.
His first probability to go Boros on account of oldest predominant winner is inclined to be the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla, the place Woods acquired the 2000 PGA.
Woods’s fifth Masters inexperienced jacket achieved a fairy-tale comeback for the well-known one which underwent spinal fusion surgical course of in April of 2017.
“I’d barely stroll. I could not sit. Could not lay down. I truly could not do assorted 1 concern,” Woods talked about of the choice to have surgical course of. “I had the method on my as shortly as further, which gave me a hazard at having an sometimes life. Then impulsively, I seen I’d actually swing a golf membership as shortly as further.”
Nonetheless after his Masters win Woods missed the lower on the PGA and Open Championship and was 21st on the US Open.
“Getting myself into place to win the Masters, it took tons out of me,” Woods acknowledged.
By November, Woods was on variety as shortly as further, worthwhile the Zozo Championship in Japan for his 82nd occupation PGA Tour title, matching Sam Snead’s all-time doc.
In December, player-captain Woods led a US victory on the Presidents Cup in Australia. A month later he shared ninth at Torrey Pines.
Nonetheless he slid to 68th at Riviera in February in his latest begin, as shortly as further ache stopping him from having good with contained all by way of the Avid avid gamers Championship, which was halted after 18 holes by virus parts.