Golf followers have flocked to Tiger Woods’ newest comeback try, and promising indicators in his first three begins has left the world buzzing.
David Feherty, a former Tour participant and host of Golf Channel’s critically acclaimed present “Feherty,” believes Woods’ return to golf got here on the good time, and the sport, which was already in a very good place, obtained even stronger with the 14-time main champion prowling fairways.
“The sport is so a lot better with (Tiger) in it,” Feherty stated in an unique interview with Omnisport. “The sport’s in nice form. It’s lots of enjoyable to observe. With Tiger again, I feel golf is in an amazing place.”
Woods has completed T23, missed reduce and twelfth in his three PGA Tour begins this yr. In 2017, Woods made only one PGA Tour begin earlier than present process his fourth again surgical procedure since 2014. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm have shared the highlight in Woods’ absence, and Feherty believes Tiger’s return will profit the youthful stars.
“Completely, I feel it spurs these kids on (having Tiger again and hungry to win),” Feherty stated. “Individuals have brief reminiscences. They overlook what occurs when Tiger performs nicely. He wins, and Tiger doesn’t want his A-recreation to win. He’s that good. He gained a serious championship by 15 photographs, so he might be very onerous to beat.”
Whereas a few of the youthful gamers might embrace Woods’ presence on Tour, others might wrestle together with his fixed consideration and large galleries.
“In case you take a look at the crowds (at The Honda Basic), it appeared to me that Tiger was drawing an unlimited crowd of individuals, as he often does, and perhaps the final couple teams, the leaders, didn’t have as many,” Feherty stated. “That impact might go somehow, relying on the angle of the participant. There are children that thrive on (consideration), and gamers perhaps like a Jason Dufner who couldn’t give a s—.”
Woods hasn’t performed within the Masters since 2015, and he hasn’t slipped on a inexperienced jacket since 2005. However all indicators level to a return this yr, and his recreation lastly appears robust sufficient for rivalry.
“If he can play properly within the run-as much as the Masters, I feel it is going to be an amazingly compelling occasion this yr,” Feherty stated. “If he can get into rivalry (on the Masters), and it wouldn’t shock me in any respect if he does, I watched him a bit of final week (on the Honda Basic), and he appears actually good. He’s carrying himself just a little taller. He’s strolling in another way. He seems like, and I’ve recognized him for 20 years, like one thing is stirring.”
Extra modifications might be on the best way at Augusta Nationwide. Quite a few holes have already got been lengthened or altered not directly since Woods’ most dominant days on the course, and the par-four fifth gap could possibly be the subsequent to bear reconstruction. Nonetheless, Feherty does not assume Augusta will play any harder at an extended size for the veterans.
“Right here’s the factor about Augusta Nationwide: They lengthened it considering it was going to get harder, nevertheless it didn’t,” Feherty stated. “The toughest Augusta Nationwide performs is when it performs at it’s shortest, when it’s onerous and quick. They will drive the ball a great distance and miss the inexperienced in dangerous spots which are extraordinarily troublesome to get it up and down.
“The golf course is all the time a piece in progress. It’s a dwelling type of factor because the event’s inception. The golf course has modified not directly virtually yearly, so I feel the gamers are used (to the modifications). Particularly a man like Tiger Woods, who has been there, gained there and has performed the golf course so typically.”
Woods, a 4-time Masters champion is predicted to make his twenty first begin at Augusta Nationwide this yr. He has eleven prime-5 Masters finishes.