Golf Special Edition: Tiger tales of 2009 (part1)

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Golf Special Edition: Tiger tales of 2009 (part1)

 The man who is famous for his chip at Masters in 1996 turned 35 on 30th December.  Yes! Tiger Woods is a year old now, but his journey from 2009 has made him a little wiser as well. What happened in 2009?

Tiger stepped into the year after a gap of eight months.  The gap came in the middle of the season when Tiger injured his knee and had to undergo a surgery in order to play.  The revival was slow, but evident. The player appeared in WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and lost to Tim Clark of South Africa. The loss spilled tension in the fans, but Tiger did not let it spread and slammed his debut title in Arnold Palmer Invitational.The second victory followed at Memorial Tournament and the third came within a week at AT&T National.

June arrived with the Open Championship and for the second time in his professional career, Tiger missed the cut.   It was the first sign of Tiger’s fall.  Right after that, Tiger smashed his greatest turn around victory at Buick Open and flied past three veterans in a playoff.  For some, Tiger was noticing speed and for critics, the instability was disturbing.  Newspapers and TV channels were filled with Tigers revival, but at the same time, a paper published a story of Tiger losing driving accuracy.  The story captured attention of various critics, except Tigers.

With a gap of one week, the father of a baby girl smacked another victory at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. That was his 70thcareer victory and what a delight he gave to the golf lovers. Firestone Country Club, where the tournament was being played was at fire. Even wind was in Tiger’s favour, which is why he carved his seventh consecutive victory at Firestone. On par-5, 16th Tiger rolled a shot within the trees and reached the green, to hole a birdie. His swings were flawless and nothing seemed to be in his way even Padraig Harrington, who started as a leader.

Commenting on his prowess Tiger said, “I had a situation where the wind was in my favour and I hit a good shot in. It carried far enough. I was surprised it spun back that much considering it was downwind.”

PGA Championship followed up soon. The brand ambassador of Nike lost the trophy by four strokes and as US PGA was the last major of the season, therefore, Tiger skipped a major victory for the first time.  It was a huge blow for his career and the second sign of his fall.

The year was to end and Fed Ex Cup was on doorstep. Tiger made the cut to BMW Championship and won the first leg of Fed Ex series. The victory pushed him into the first place in Fed Ex rankings. In the same tournament, Tiger made a new record. He became the first player to win the title five times ever since it started. The former world number one finished second in the Tour Championship and hence won the Fed Ex Cup.

Within a gap of two weeks, Tiger made his way to the President Cup and repeated his spectacular performance. Tiger won all five matches alongside Mark O’Meara and claimed the trophy for his country.

Now started the real climax! November started and bought JB Were Masters in Australia, which Tiger happily conquered as his debut title on Australasian tour.  As a record, five thousand fans showed up on the course to witness the star, who was famously known as the Tiger. Right after the win a local radio show disclosed news, which shattered Tiger’s image in the eyes million of fans.

What happened? What did it say? To find out rest of the story, do read the next half of the feature.

 

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