By Bryan Mongeau-Eastmond
NEW YORK (RushPRnews) 2/23/09– When news dropped that Tiger Woods would be returning to the PGA Tour, the entire golf world breathed a huge sigh of relief.Â Â In fact, golf has been holding its breath for nearly eight months after the gameâ€™s leading player underwent season-ending surgery to reconstruct cartilage damage in his left knee.
Woods, a three-time winner of the Accenture Match Play Championship, has not played competitively since his playoff win over Rocco Mediate in last yearâ€™s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
â€œI’m looking forward to the challenge. I haven’t really been able to test [my knee] in a competitive environment yet. I do feel good. It’s just a matter of getting out there and performing in a tournament and dealing with the pressures of a tournament. That is something that I haven’t done in a while.â€
The choice to come back and play in the AMPC after such a serious injury raised questions on rust and about his decision making.
â€œIt was either going to be the Accenture Match Play or Doral,â€ said Woods. â€œMy practice schedule has been very positive. I felt that this was the time to get back and play again.â€
Tigerâ€™s wish to tee off again could not be better for the PGA Tour, which has seen television ratings plunge since his absence.
â€œWe are delighted that Tiger is returning to competition and look forward to watching him compete next week,â€ said Commissioner Tim Finchem.
Apparently Finchem wasnâ€™t the only one. The reaction of players who found out that their peer and consequently archrival was returning to the course pleased everyone.
â€œMy phone was blowing up quite a bit. It was actually pretty funny. Most of our friends were either saying it’s great to have you back or giving me a lot of grief,â€ said Woods.
It appears that Woods is ready to compete against those same guys and has his sights set on standing there on Sunday with the trophy in his hands.