Was Tiger Woods’s Masters win the greatest comeback in sport history? | 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 series around the back of his house, practising his short game like ever. Periods 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 exert. He stroked a bust hit over a bunker and the instant “hes had” finished the waver he fell down flat on his back, overcome with a suffering so severe that he could hardly breathe, let alone get back on his foot. 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 dirt ?”
” Sam, thank goodness you’re here ,” he informed her.” Can you go tell the people 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 lead get those people ?”
There are an awful lot of Timbers legends 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 stayed, the mortification he has suffered and the behavior in which it has all been laid out for the rest of us to see. Here is Woods, the great athlete, helpless as an upturned glitch; Woods, the proud champ, pleading with his kid to create someone who can get him back on his paw; Groves, a humanity 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 instant item by beings like me in book and on TV.