It’s been 10 years given that Tiger Woods hopped to triumph in the 2008 United States Open, a not likely accomplishment that has actually been followed by an as soon as unthinkable significant champion dry spell.
Woods defied the discomfort of a harmed left knee and 2 tension fractures to beat Rocco Mediate in a Monday playoff at Torrey Pines 10 years earlier– requiring the decider in remarkable design with a birdie at the 72 nd hole.
” That was a quite unique week, since I have actually had most likely 4 majors where I have actually putted like that: ’97 Masters, 2000 United States Open, 2000 British (Open) then that 2008 (United States Open),” Woods stated.
” I do not believe I actually missed out on a putt inside 10 feet in any of those 4 significant champions. Which was a week that I required it since I didn’t actually strike the ball in addition to those other 3 majors that I pointed out.”
Making Woods’s 2008 United States Open triumph a lot more exceptional, it was his very first competition given that an arthroscopic treatment on his left knee 8 weeks previously– although just a handful of individuals understood the degree of Woods’s injuries at the time.
2 days after the triumph, Woods revealed he was having season-ending knee surgical treatment.
The years that followed saw scandal, success and more physical fitness issues that lastly left Woods questioning not just whether he would resume his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 significant titles however whether he would ever complete or perhaps have a typical life once again.
” The last couple years have actually seemed like a long time,” Woods states. “A 2nd looked like 24 hours.
” In 2015 in September, I didn’t understand, I simply didn’t understand if I would ever have the ability to do it once again. I was simply wishing to have the ability to stroll once again without injuring, to be able to take a seat once again without having this burning discomfort down the leg.
” To in some way be out here now doing it once again, it’s a true blessing.”
Great professional athlete, terrific golf player
Woods will be playing his 26 th significant given that Torrey Pines when he tees it up in the 118 th United States Open at Shinnecock Hills next Thursday.
He’s had 9 top-10 surfaces in Grand Slam occasions given that his last win. A runner-up surface in the 2009 PGA Champion regardless of, Woods states his finest opportunity to snag a 15 th significant came at the 2011 Masters, where he began the last round 7 adrift however rose into contention with a five-under front 9.
” I seemed like I had all the momentum,” stated Woods– who cooled down can be found in to complete with a share of 4th. “That was the one I might have gotten.”
Woods hasn’t won a competition given that he recorded his 8th WGC Bridgestone Invitational title at Akron, Ohio, in 2013– among 5 titles he declared that year as he recovered the world primary ranking.
Woods’s most current return from injury has actually revealed inescapable disparities however sufficient quality to anticipate he’ll win once again.
Woods placed on his finest ball-striking display screen of the season at the Memorial, leading the field in strokes acquired tee to green.
However a balky putter cost him shots and after he energized the crowd at Muirfield Town by briefly putting his name atop the leaderboard on Saturday he completed connected for 23 rd.
” I simply have to strike much better putts,” stated Woods, who definitely will if he’s to have a shot at Shinnecock.
However Nicklaus sees no factor the 42- year-old super star will not contribute to his tally of significant titles.
” I have actually constantly stated that if Tiger returns and plays then he’s still got a shot at breaking my record,” Nicklaus stated. “Even with now 10- years passing it does not make any distinction. He’s still a terrific professional athlete and a terrific golf player.”