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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 271
COVER STORY T IGER Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge in December generated unparalleled levels of interest in a limited field, unofficial PGA Tour event. The worldwide response in the lead up to the event prompting many to comment that Tiger at 42 still moves the needle. The television viewership and reaction, after a performance Woods admitted left even him “excited”, confirmed that in fact when it comes to modern golf Tiger Woods is the needle. Despite a 10-month break from the game, Woods looked as close to his powerful best as he has in recent years, confirming reports that had emerged from his practice rounds at home with the likes of Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler. “I started playing practice rounds with Rickie, that was fun to be able to go out there and say I can keep up with him, even sneak a few by him,” Woods said. Woods will make his first start of 2018 this week at the Farmers Insurance Open held at San Diego’s Torrey Pines. The seaside location a venue the 14-time major champion has often dominated and was last seen at competitively in America before undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April 2017. Perched on bluffs above the Californian coastline the North and South courses at Torrey have seen some of Woods’ greatest career triumphs and most noticeably his one-legged 2008 US Open victory on the South over Rocco Mediate. In addition to his most recent major title, the layouts were also the site of Woods’ win in the Junior World Championship as a teenager and a record seven Farmers Insurance Open victories. One of the many records Tiger possesses that are chief among the cause of excitement about his latest return. While others like Thomas, Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have entertained, impressed and engaged fans in Tiger’s absence and even in the case of Dustin Johnson and Spieth experienced periods of outstanding play, none have come close to generating the excitement of Woods or the dominance he exhibited during the ‘Tiger era’. One doesn’t have to look any further than Johnson’s 2018 opening win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, which ► I STARTED PLAYING PRACTICE ROUNDS WITH RICKIE, THAT WAS FUN TO BE ABLE TO GO OUT THERE AND SAY I CAN KEEP UP WITH HIM, EVEN SNEAK A FEW BY HIM.
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