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He's Back! I for one am thrilled

Imagine Golf Club's Tom Cates gets excited about the news of Tiger's imminent return

Posted Feb 20, 2009 by Tom Cates


So at last he's back. At 22:00 on Thursday the 19th of February a wire snapped on the Reuters agency news feed. TIGER WOODS will return to action at the WGC WORLD MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP. On his website there was the following message:
Tiger Woods announced today that he would compete in the 2009 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship February 23 - March 1. Woods is the defending champion and also won the event in 2003 and 2004.
"Elin and our new son Charlie are doing great. I've enjoyed my time at home with the family and appreciate everyone's support and kind wishes," Woods said.
Woods last played June 16th, defeating Rocco Mediate in 91 holes to win the US Open. It was his 14th professional major victory and 65th career win on the PGA Tour. Following the playoff, on June 24th he underwent season-ending reconstructive surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and some cartilage damage in his left knee. Woods also had fractures in his left tibia.
In six starts on the PGA Tour last year, Woods won four times and finished second in the Masters. He also captured the Dubai Desert Classic on the PGA European Tour. His 14 majors trails only Jack Nicklaus' total (18) and his 65 PGA Tour wins is third on the all-time list behind Sam Snead (82) and Nicklaus (73).
"I'm now ready to play again," Woods said.
With those words golfing fans around the world can start to get excited. Woods is arguably the biggest draw in world sport and the PGA needs him back making back and front page news. Tour commissioner Tim Finchem may just be the most relieved man in the sport as the global recession threatens to bite hard into the sport. With nearly 20 events on the tour sponsored by either financial companies or car manufacturers the game needs its biggest draw more than ever. If Tiger can return with a win he'll put golf back in the spotlight and create growing levels of interest in the big tournaments that lie ahead, not least The Masters.
Be sure to check out the forums to have your say on the matter, and look out for the upcoming podcast that will be on the site in the very near future. I for one am thrilled to see him back.

- Tom Cates

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