Player Profile - Tiger Woods Back in the Game
27 Mar 2012
Former world number one Tiger Woods won his first tournament in two and a half years on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This week's player profile follows Woods' return to form as he emerges as a wildcard this season.
The news of Tiger Woods' fall from glory occupied headlines in the sports media and beyond as the former world number one faced the emotional strain of a public divorce combined with a loss of form resulting from several nagging injuries.
While some commentators predicted that Woods would never return to his place at the top of world golf, ardent Tiger fans have always maintained that the former world number one could make a major comeback once he regains his form. On Sunday, Woods gave hope to his fans around the world as he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in a decisive victory over Graeme McDowell.
From his emergence as a talented amateur golfer, Tiger Woods has always approached the game with precision and hard work. Under the tutelage of his late father Earl, Woods climbed the world rankings and is a grand-slam winner who has won major tournaments and prestigious championships all over the world. The only golfer to surpass Woods in the record books is Jack Nicklaus, whose record Tiger was expected to beat before his game took a serious knock in 2009.
Having weathered a serious emotional ordeal and a lack of form that saw his rankings plummet, Woods' victory on Sunday offers him an opportunity to look toward the future. With the US Masters around the corner, Woods could seize another major title and send his rankings and confidence soaring once again. Fans of this talented and highly skilled golfer will be celebrating this week as the champion himself prepares to keep his winning momentum up in the weeks leading to the Masters.