Tiger Woods plays competitive golf for the first time in a while today.We’ve grown accustomed to calling these things “comebacks”.
But he hasn’t won anything in over two years. So at this point he’s not coming back as much as he’s still scraping along as an average professional golfer.
For months we’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop — for Tiger to morph into his former self and give his narrative a satisfying conclusion.
The fact that he’s wallowed in mediocrity for years is sad and disorienting.
It hurts golf. It hurts his legacy. And it hurts the fans who have so few chances to see a transcendent athlete do work.
So where is he? What’s going on? Why hasn’t he made the comeback that disgraced athletes ALWAYS make?
There’s a ton of theories on these questions: He’s hurt. It takes time to adopt a new swing. He hasn’t had enough driving range practice to get himself into form.
But at some point, Tiger is who he is. At some point, he’s just not going to revert to form.
We really hope that’s not the case, but he’s running out of comebacks.
He tees off today at 3 p.m. EST.
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