Tiger Woods' resurgence will electrify the Ryder Cup here at Le Golf National CREDIT: AFP
- Written by: Oliver Brown, chief sports feature writer, le golf national, paris
The raw emotion of Tiger Woods’s resurgence to the summit of golf has been laid bare by his admission that he feared, at his lowest ebb, that he would never again be able to live free of pain.
As he reflected on his rousing triumph at the Tour Championship, his first win anywhere for over five years, the greatest player of the modern era described how his long absences through injury had triggered a deep existential crisis.
“I was beyond playing,” he said. “I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and my leg. That was a low point for a very long time. I just didn’t want to live that way.”
A mere 16 months ago, Woods’s agonies were broadcast to the world through pictures of his haggard, haunted face after an arrest for driving under the influence of prescription medication. No less a figure than Michael Phelps identified that moment as a “massive cry for help”. But a reinvigorated Woods, his state of mind restored and his back fusedthanks to successful spinal surgery, swatted aside the doubters in Atlanta to seal his 80th Tour title, arguably the least likely of them all. “It means a lot more to me now, in the sense that I didn’t know whether I’d ever be out here doing this again.”