Tiger Woods back among the best in the world



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Tiger Woods back among the best in the world
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A field of 20 golfers, among the best in the world, and an environment that he knows well. That's enough for Tiger Woods to return to competition for the first time since last April. Hero World Challenge: this is the occasion, his "his" tournament, in which his foundation plays an important role.

At the Albany Golf Course the wait is largely for him, who has won five times, even if the last one dates back to 2011.

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The one who wants the hat trick is Viktor Hovland: the Norwegian is chasing a feat never achieved even by Tiger himself.

He may not reach third place in the OWGR, but he can come very close. The best that can happen, in terms of changes, is a move from Brian Harman or the Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick to number 7: the potential return to the top ten of Collin Morikawa is also on the table.

It will be a great battle for what is an event from which useful indications can be drawn in view of what will be seen in the first part of 2024. The discussion marginally concerns Tiger, who has his own particular situation due to all the physical problems of the recent past, but affects several others.

And, in particular, there is always Scottie Scheffler who can use this tournament to remove the reputation of eternal second and further increase his position in the world ranking. Below is the entire group of 20 participants: Jason Day (Australia), Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose (both England), Sepp Straka (Austria), Viktor Hovland (Norway), Keegan Bradley, Sam Burns, Wyndham Clark, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Brian Harman, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Cameron Young, Will Zalatoris (all USA).

Eldrick Tont Woods, better known as Tiger Woods (Cypress, December 30, 1975), is an American golfer. Considered by many to be the best golfer of all time, as well as the best of the modern era, in his twenty-year career he won 110 professional tournaments, including 15 majors, making him the most successful player in the history; he held the top position in the OWG world rankings for a total of 683 weeks, of which 281 were consecutive (from June 12, 2005 to October 30, 2010), and is the only golfer to have won all four majors of the modern era within a single year (between 2000 and 2001).

In 2014 he became the first athlete in the world to have exceeded one billion dollars in earnings between victories and sponsors. He was subsequently surpassed by Michael Jordan and his wealth is estimated at 1.8 billion dollars by 2023, making him the second highest paid athlete ever.[6] In 2019, US President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States of America.

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