The fall and rise of Sir Tiger of Isleworth

I’ve yet to start properly reading my copy of Jeff Benedict and Aman Keteyian’s new book Tiger, but have a look at this first. It’s a superb documentary made by British journalist Jaques Peretti which covers nearly everything in the book. It’s objective not being made by a golf writer and clearly tells what I call Act One of the story.

Because we’re now into Act two. On Saturday night at the Masters Tiger said “to be able to compete again. If you had said that last year at this particular time I would be competing here I would have said you were crazy”.

After four spinal surgeries in two years and getting clean from an addiction to pain killing medication, and being physically inactive he is back. During his final round 69 at The Masters, including an eagle on 15 he brought the audience to life like no one else can. He cautiously admits he’s progressing. It looks that way. His iron play is still not easy to watch, he is struggling with his approach shots and admits he is not hitting the ball well enough. But he is out there again. His next outing is at Quail Hollow after a break then on to The Players and Memorial Tournament before competing at the US Open.

Hollywood made a film about what was the greatest comeback in golf. It was called Follow The Sun and starred Glenn Ford as Ben Hogan. The way Tiger’s story is panning out his comeback may be even greater. For I believe he will win more major championships. And when, in time, the film does get commissioned I know just the actor to play the part, when he comes back from the land of Zog, Perhaps he should be given a second hand set of clubs to get himself ready…

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