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“Tiger Woods may regard himself as the miracle man but he would not class success in this, the 82nd Masters, as the finest sporting revival story of all time,” or so the story goes according to The Guardian.

Gentleman Ben
Even Tiger calls him Mr Hogan
“As far as greatest comebacks [go], I think that one of the greatest comebacks in all of sport is the gentleman who won here, Mr Hogan,” Woods said. “I mean, he got hit by a bus and came back and won major championships. The pain he had to endure, the things he had to do just to play, the wrapping of the leg, all the hot tubs and just how hard it was for him to walk – walk, period. He ended up walking 36 holes and winning a US Open [the next year]. That’s one of the greatest comebacks there is and it happens to be in our sport.”

"Walking miracle"
Woods reiterated his phrase of being a “walking miracle,  his return from back fusion surgery. “The reason why I say I’m a walking miracle is that I don’t know of anyone who has had a lower back fusion that can swing the club as fast as I can swing it,” he explained. “That’s incredible. Some guys have said [jokingly]: ‘Yeah, I need to fuse my back so I can hit it harder.’ No, you don’t want to go through that.
“That’s why I say that. It is a miracle. I went from a person who really had a hard time getting up, walking around, sitting down, anything, to now swinging the club at 129mph. That is a miracle, isn’t it?”

And the winner is?
Geoff Shackelford picks the winner and some close callers
“Projected champion: Justin Rose. After losing in a playoff last year to Sergio Garcia, has played sparingly but when he does show up, almost always contends. Loves Augusta and should have been the champion last year but for one bad swing in the playoff on a hole where it does not take much to misfire. Veteran presence, smart caddie, length off the tee and improved putting this year make him the man to beat.”

“Where will Tiger finish? T-2. Because he won’t actually play blindfolded.”

Link to The Guardian and Geoff Shackelford

Taste of Yesterday
“Last year Danny Willett served up a traditional English fare that included a Sunday roast, Yorkshire pudding and apple crumble. And through the years Masters champions such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer have all selected menus. Woods’ 2002 menu featured sushi and sashimi, prime porterhouse steak and more.” – Brentley Romine


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