Was Tiger Woods’s Masters win the greatest comeback in boast 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 outpouring of 2014 Tiger Woods was at work on the straddle around the back of his house, performing his short game like always. Dates earlier he had shot a 78 on the last day of the Cadillac Championship, the worst fourth-round score of his life. His back had been spasming but he felt he had to get out and exercise. He stroked a dud shooting over a bunker and the minute “hes had” finished the waver he fell down flat on his back, overcome with a ache 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 sand ?”
” 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 disappear get those people ?”
There are an awful spate of Woods storeys but this one, who come 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 stood, the humiliation he has suffered and the space 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 fault; Woods, the proud endorse, alleging with his kid to accompany someone who can get him back on his paw; Lumbers, a guy 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 detail by parties like me in publish and on TV.