Former golf world champion says Tiger Woods winning the US Masters would be the ‘greatest comeback in sports’

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  • Four-time US Masters champion Tiger Woods is one of the betting favourites to win a fifth title this week.
  • If the veteran American succeeds then it would seal the “greatest comeback in sports,” according to a former world number one golfer.
  • Nick Faldo says this is because Woods will have overcome “crashing and burning” in his private life.
  • The US Masters takes place in Augusta, Georgia, on Thursday and ends on Sunday.

If Tiger Woods triumphs at the 2018 US Masters in Augusta then it would complete “the greatest comeback in sport,” according to former world champion Nick Faldo.

Woods won 14 major championships between 1997 and 2008 and was ranked as the world’s number one golfer for a total of 13 years and one month – more than any other player in golf history.

But Woods has endured multiple low points since his last major victory ten years ago. He was embroiled in an infidelity scandal in 2009, got divorced from his wife Elin Nordegren in 2010, and was arrested for a DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) in 2017 – later toxicology reports indicated he “had five different drugs in his system” at the time of the arrest.

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods. Getty Images

Woods has also suffered from back and leg injuries that were so severe they threatened his ability to walk, let alone compete in high-level sports. But, after undergoing spinal fusion last year, Woods is now back doing what he does best – playing golf.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Faldo marvelled at the journey Woods has been on. “Ten years on from a major, off course he crashes and burns doing things you’re not meant to be doing, [and he’s had] four operations – it’s amazing.”

If Woods wins the 2018 US Masters this week, Faldo says it would be “the greatest comeback in sport.”

And, considering his history, who are we to argue?

Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods
Nick Faldo (left) and Tiger Woods. Getty Images

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