One of the best (surprising?) parts of Tiger Woods’ latest comeback has been his sense of humility.
Golf is always more interesting when Woods is relevant, something that hasn’t been the case over the last few years.
But following his fourth back surgery last year, Woods has shocked the PGA Tour with his strong play, and was even the betting favorite to win the Masters.
He finished tied for 31st at Augusta, then took some time off.
Woods was back on the course this week at the Wells Fargo Championship, but the rust was evident, as he needed 31 putts in round one, and 33 on Friday.
But it was his last putt in round two that sparked an eruption.
By sinking that putt, Woods carded his only birdie — but made the cut for this weekend — and the crowd went absolutely wild when the ball fell into the hole.
Where the old Tiger might have poo-pooed just making the cut, the new, humbled superstar actually laughed.
“I’m on a hot streak now,” he said.
At seven shots behind leader Peter Malnani through the first two rounds, the chances of a Woods comeback seemed remote.
Still, he feels like he’s on the right path.
“I feel more comfortable on faster greens,” Woods said, according to ESPN. “I’ve had ample time to make the adjustment, and I just haven’t. I haven’t felt comfortable hitting the putts as hard as we have to hit them this week.”
Following the second round, Tiger spent considerable time on the putting green, continuing to work on his game.
He even left open the possibility of a weekend charge.
“I’ve hit it good enough to be right up next to that lead,” he said. “If I just putt normal, I’m right there. I’m hitting it fine, and I just need to make some putts. Hopefully, this weekend I’ll hit it the way I’ve been hitting it and get a hot putter on the weekend. You never know.”
No, we don’t know, but one thing is certain: Golf and its fans are glad to see Tiger back on the course.
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