Tiger Woods has finally set the date that he will step back into the golfing world and out of the tabloids.
The most recognized golfer, and perhaps athlete, this world has ever seen, released a public statement this past week announcing his return to the game.
“The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta,” Woods said in his public statement on Mar. 16.
And what a perfect place for him to make a return as this tournament has seen some of the greatest Tiger moments in his decorated history.
Flashback to 1997 when Woods won his first major championship with a record 18 under par score and blew away the field and world with his record performance.
His Masters victory in 2001 completed the “Tiger Slam” which saw the only time in history that one golfer was the current holder of all four major championships at one time.
In 2005, Woods yet again left us in awe when he made perhaps one of the most amazing shots on the 16th hole. Woods was off the green but his sensational chip-in would be all but the fat lady singing, as he held off Chris DiMarco for his fourth green jacket.
Now we come back to the present day.
We find a Tiger who has been in the media for all the wrong reasons ever since the mysterious car crash outside his home in Florida on Nov. 27 2009. Confusion and questions swirled with little or no answers to explain what had actually transpired that night.
Soon after, stories of infidelity to his wife Elin surfaced and were then admitted to by Woods. Pretty soon, nearly a dozen women stepped forward to claim they were former mistresses of Woods.
Then came the brutal press conference in which a “more human than machine” Woods stood and addressed the world of his transgressions.
For the first time, it looked like the champion who had always seemed more confident and invincible than all others he faced, was now showing signs of sheer shame and insecurity.
So heavy the head that wears the crown indeed.
Now Augusta offers a day of atonement for Woods. He can get back to what doing what truly made him the amazing athlete and figure he is. He can begin to put to rest all of the transgressions he has made and begin to make retributions.
Augusta is a private club where the crowds will be smaller and likely to be more accepting than any other location. Also, the media will be less in numbers allowing Woods to make a softer landing back into the golf spotlight.
Yes, there will be those out there who will continue to ridicule Woods. There will be those who choose to turn their backs to him. There will be those who will look at him for his mistakes rather than his accomplishments.
But there are still many more who want to cheer Woods on his comeback. There are many more who want to see him succeed on and off the golf course. There are many more who still see the Tiger who never ceased to amaze and push the limits of what can be done in the game.
It’s time for Tiger to begin his comeback on the golf course. He has been sincere and true to his word that he would begin to make all well again in his personal life.
It’s time he stops punishing himself for what has happened and move forward into making more amazing moments and achieving greatness like the Tiger Woods of old.
After all, who was ever better at this than Tiger?