Was Tiger Woods’s Masters win the greatest comeback in sport biography? | Andy Bull
Sport is not short of great personal comebacks but Tiger Woodss Masters victory on Sunday may overshadow them all, including Muhammad Ali, Niki Lauda and Monica Seles
In the springtime of 2014 Tiger Woods was at work on the compas around the back of his house, performing his short game like ever. Daylights earlier he had shot a 78 on the last day of the Cadillac Championship, the worst fourth-round score of their own lives. His back had been spasming but he felt he had to get out and employ. He stroked a bust shoot over a bunker and the minute he had finished the waver he fell out flat on his back, overcome with a hurting so serious that he could hardly breathe, let alone get back on his feet. He was out of hearing distance and he did not have his mobile phone on him, so there was nothing he could do but lie there and wait for someone to come.
It was his seven-year-old daughter, Sam, who found him.
“Daddy,” she said, what are you doing lying on the soil ?”
” Sam, thank goodness you’re here ,” he told her.” Can you go tell the guys inside to try to get the cart out to help me back up ?”
” My back’s not doing very good .”
” Yes again, Sam, can you please get get those guys ?”
There are an horrid heap of Groves fibs but this one, which is in the excellent biography Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian wrote last year, ever seemed one of the most revealing because it speaks to the pain he has suffered, the dishonour he has suffered and the way in which it has all been laid out for the rest of us to see. Here is Lumbers, the great athlete, helpless as an upturned imperfection; Lumbers, the proud champion, pleading with his kid to wreak someone who can get him back on his feet; Timbers, a being so intensely private that he used to refuse to tell people where he would be playing the very next month, having that helplessness picked over in minute item by beings like me in book and on TV.