29. July 2011
After a long absence, American golf superstar Tiger Woods is set to return in active professional golf play at the Bridgestone Invitational next week. (Photo: topnews.in)
American golf superstar Tiger Woods has vowed to give it all when he officially returns to active professional golf play after a long-layoff due to injury.
Woods in his Twitter account revealed he is set to play at the Bridgestone Invitational next week after missing g two majors during an 11-week break to make sure his left leg was fully healed. “Feeling fit and ready to tee it up at Firestone next week. Excited to get back out there!” Woods tweeted.
Woods is facing huge odds in his return to professional golf since he is no longer among the top 20 in the world, his lowest ranking since Allen Iverson was an NBA rookie. In hi lay-off, woods has gone more than 20 months without winning, and was last seen in golf shoes on May 12 at The Players Championship when he hobbled off the course after a 6-over 42 on the front nine and withdrew.
He already has had four surgeries on his left knee, and the left Achilles’ gave him just as much trouble. He hurt both of them during the third round of the Masters, although the injuries were described as “minor” when he first mentioned the pain in May.
Along with his health, there has been change off the golf course. Despite the challenges he is facing, Woods remain confident of his successful return saying he will do his best to go back to the top of professional golf again.Woods said he will give it his 110 percent to try to win the tournament and bring joy to his family, friends and fans who had supported him all these years including the lowest point of his personal and professional life.
Woods achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time. Formerly the World No. 1, he is the highest-paid professional athlete in the world, having earned an estimated US$90.5 million from winnings and endorsements in 2010.
The American golf superstar has won 14 professional major golf championships, the second highest of any male player (Jack Nicklaus leads with 18), and 71 PGA Tour events, third all time behind Sam Snead and Nicklaus. He has more career major wins and career PGA Tour wins than any other active golfer.
He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour. Additionally, Woods is only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to have achieved a career Grand Slam three times.
Woods has won 16 World Golf Championships, and won at least one of those events in each of the first 11 years after they began in 1999. Woods held the number one position in the world rankings for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks.
He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record ten times, the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times, and has the record of leading the money list in nine different seasons.