It’s been a tough few years for Tiger Woods, both on and off the golf course, and that may be one of the reasons there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the 46-year-old gave an emotional speech as he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The word ‘legend’ is too often used, especially in the world of sport, but it’s perhaps a word that isn’t grand enough when it comes to Woods. We are talking about an individual who has proven iconic over the course of his lengthy career in the game.
He may not now be a player to back when it comes to betting on future major championships; frankly, you’d be better off investing your time and energy looking at the best online casinos in the UK, but you can take nothing away from what Tiger Woods has achieved in the game, and it’s perhaps the lows he has suffered, chiefly of his own making, that makes his story all the more remarkable.
Indeed these missteps along the way have made him even more popular, and perhaps this is due to the fact that signs of fallibility prove that he is human after all, which, when you take into account his pure golfing ability, might make you think he was from another planet.
On accepting his prestigious inclusion to the World Golf Hall of Fame, Wood recalled his upbringing and his opening forays into the world of golf and the prejudices he faced and overcame;
“I was not allowed into the clubhouses. The colour of my skin dictated that”
“I had to change my shoes in the car. As I got older, that drove me even more.” Woods added.
In 1997 Woods became the first player of colour to win a major, with his astonishing 12-shot takedown of the field at the Masters. He has gone on to win 15 Majors, his latest one coming after an 11-year spell without success at the highest level, one that was greeted with jubilation from all and sundry, such is the standing of the American megastar.
During his era of domination, which was most pronounced over the period from 1999 to 2002, when he picked up seven of 11 majors, even those who had little interest in golf would have taken to their sports betting provider to back the superhuman performer.
The issues related to his break-up from former wife Elin Nordegren plagued his career, and that, coupled with serious injury issues, have curtailed Woods’ career to some extent, which leaves one wondering just what might he have achieved if he had a clean bill of health.
Woods was, of course, involved in a serious car crash last year, and there are concerns he may never return to the professional game, which makes the induction all the more poignant and the Californian was keen to pay tribute to those who helped him reach the very pinnacle of the game;
“I didn’t get here alone,”
“I had unbelievable parents, mentors, and friends who supported me in the darkest of times and celebrated the highest of times.”
“It’s actually a team award. All of you allowed me to get here, and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
One hopes that his game, and life, get back on track and who knows, in a year or two, he could be back out there on the greens and fairways, pushing for major honours. He’s fought back from adversity before, and therefore nothing is off-limits when considering whether Tiger has another chapter to his golfing career to write
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