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SportTiger Woods ‘so thankful’ to be back as he bids farewell to 2018

18:40  07 december  2018
18:40  07 december  2018 Source:   golfweek.com

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Tiger Woods made what is likely his last public appearance of the year in Australia and opened up on a newfound appreciation in golf. It’s likely to be his last public appearance of 2018 . Woods is looking to play a lighter schedule next year and still isn’t sure if he ’ll begin the season just after New Year’s at

Tiger Woods Is Back . Yet 2018 has been his best year since 2009, before it all went to hell. “ He enjoys much who is thankful for little.” “We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and

Tiger Woods ‘so thankful’ to be back as he bids farewell to 2018© Getty Getty Tiger Woods doesn't play around during press conferences.

A lot of jocks use them to curry favor with media and fans, but Woods doesn't need that. Even if the answers seem dull at times, it's actually a more genuine discussion because he's not using that time to craft a more likeable image.

He's there because it's part of his job and he'll answer the questions he wants to answer and brush off the rest. Picture a more moderately-tempered Nick Saban.

Woods was in Australia this week on an advance scouting trip in his role as U.S. Presidents Cup team captain. It's likely to be his last public appearance of 2018.

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Tiger Woods appeared to truly be back . Truly and fully. Until he wasn’t. And Tiger Woods looked cool, too—in that calm, collected way he has exhibited so many times in a major championship. The little moral victories of his comeback season appeared to be the seedlings of a real one, a big one, a

Tiger Woods on the first green during the first round of the Masters on Thursday. Woods had hit his tee shot into the trees, but he ended up saving On Thursday, he covered those par 5s in even par. It was only the fifth time in 21 Masters starts that Woods had failed to birdie at least one of those holes.

Woods is looking to play a lighter schedule next year and still isn't sure if he'll begin the season just after New Year's at the Sentry Tournament of Champions or in late January at Torrey Pines. Until then he'll be back home in Jupiter, Fla., with time spent practicing and lifting and eventually celebrating his 43 rd birthday in 24 days.

So this week's press conference in Melbourne was probably the last we'll hear from Woods in person until after the Holidays. Among the gifts it included - a question about his off-course demeanor this year.

"I'm certainly more appreciative of the game of golf and what it has meant to me and what it has allowed me and given me the opportunity to do," Woods said. "You know, 20 years ago was a totally different deal. I was trying to just play and compete and beat everyone. Now I'm appreciative of having the opportunity to come back and play again. I'm just so thankful to be part of the game of golf as a competitor again."

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Eldrick Tont " Tiger " Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer. He ranks second in both major championships and PGA Tour wins and also holds numerous records in golf.

In the past few weeks, Tiger Woods has made a seemingly improbable comeback on the golf course. But can his image rebound the same way off it? “The key is going to be can he win, can he stay healthy and can he stay out of trouble? If he can do that and remain competitive, then I think the big

There's some heavy stuff in there, and it all relates to the perception that Woods has made big changes as a person. Opened up more in interviews, signed more autographs, talked more with other players.

As someone who walked nearly every round with Woods this year, I watched him stop and thank members of the military every opportunity he had, even mid-round. I also watched him sign a glove for a fan he hit with his ball while he was leading the British Open.

Is it real?

It's a complicated question with a simplistic premise - Woods is more personable now and therefore he is good, which implies the old, guarded Woods must have been bad.

It ignores the decades of circumstances and real life events which have shaped Woods and everyone who has watched him. It's a bad premise. He did what he felt he had to do then in order to win, and he's not perfect now.

Woods' outlook on golf and life has changed over the past two decades, and he spelled it out very clearly in Australia. He used the word 'appreciative' and that's probably the best way to describe his off-course demeanor over the past year.

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Tiger Woods ' back nine struggles at Carnoustie cost him the claret jug, and—for a short window of time—seemed to cost him a chance at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. However, a computing error was discovered, which bumped the 14-time major winner to No. 50 in the world rankings, thus earning

Tiger Woods has been making quite the comeback in 2018 , and experts and fans alike are on par with their excitement. Following two top-five finishes so far this season, Woods is the favorite Round one play was suspended on February 20 due to inclimate weather and is scheduled to be continued today.

Woods keeps a tight circle on the road while traveling. It includes girlfriend Erica Herman, a constant presence at nearly every tournament including last week's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas (photo above).

It's important to remember that up until very recently, Woods never had to worry about his status on Tour. He made his pro debut at age 20 and won his first tournament one month later, at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational. The Tiger train left the station and it's still rolling, all these years and 79 wins later.

Certainly, Woods was blessed. But he also out-worked everyone else. He wasn't handed 14 major trophies. He sacrificed any semblance of a normal life, even by pro athlete standards, in preparation to go out and take them.

Winning big was all Woods knew . Then came the back problems and the mounting injuries and suddenly, Woods thought it was all over.

In early 2018, walking up and down stairs without pain was a small victory. The back fusion surgery that ended his agony and allowed him to compete again changed everything. He doesn't practice nearly as hard as he used to, partly because that would take away from time with his kids.

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“While we bid farewell to you, we feel pity for your new colleagues today. They have no idea the kind of wrath they have got coming their way. Here is a look of life after leaving a job as told by one man who turned his back on 9 to 5 traditional work.

Woods ' rise was swift in 2018 because he started from so far back . He need only look at Jason Day to see how tough a task it is to climb to the top when you "To achieve that average on that date, Tiger 's total points would need to be 440. So if he wins 226 OWGR points between now and then, he 'll

Still, in the past 54 weeks, Woods has moved up from No. 1,199 to No. 14 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He held a solo lead on the final day of the British Open, nearly won the PGA Championship and ended a five-plus-year victory drought on a triumphant Sunday at East Lake.

When asked what kind of Presidents Cup captain he hopes to be, Woods' answer indicates he's very much the same person. He just has a different perspective on some things.

"One that leads our team to a victory," Woods said. "One that guys will have a lot of fun and respect, and one that hopefully I'll create an environment where it'll be a moment and a week that they'll remember for the rest of their lives."

Winning still comes first for Woods, and that's not a bad thing. It's just good to keep an open mind about whatever comes next.

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