We always expect professional athletes to do what they do best, no matter what happens in their personal lives. Sometimes, when an athlete suffers a personal tragedy, it is noticeable in their professional sport. This week, a very prominent athlete seems to have ended a personal chapter in his life, and it appears he is going to recover professionally.
According to the New York Times, Tiger Woods shot a 65 at the Barclays golf tournament Thursday. A 65 was his lowest score in a year, which was filled with personal troubles and tragedies. Woods is tied for the lead, and it seems like Woods is getting back to his routine. The divorce was final this week, and it seems like he is handling it well. Woods has also implemented a new backswing, which is putting a lot of pressure on his front foot. This new backswing might be the start of a new and exciting year for Woods.
From the looks of his score, it appears Woods finally has his groove back and he is finally moving on with life. Woods’ apparent bounce back is similar to that of Lance Armstrong, who is a champion biker. Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996, which eventually spread to his brain and lungs. Armstrong had a very poor prognosis, but, in the end, he was able to bounce back.
Not only did Armstrong bounce back physically, but his career as a professional biker was able to be revived as well. According to Cycle Publishing, in 1998, Armstrong started planning his professional comeback. It was a slow and painful recovery for Armstrong, and he ended up dropping out of several major races. It wasn’t until 1999, when Armstrong came back bigger than ever by winning the Tour de France. The Tour de France is the world’s toughest sporting event in professional bicycling. Armstrong’s comeback from a personal tragedy such as cancer just shows how strong he really is.
Although Armstrong came back from a personal medical tragedy, it is very similar to the marital tragedy of Woods. Both men had to overcome mental and physical obstacles to return to their professional sports. There is also the aspect that both men had to overcome media scrutiny as well due to their personal tragedies. I do believe that Woods has finally freed himself from his personal demons since the divorce was finalized.
Considering how well Armstrong did when he came back, it makes sense that Woods will do the same thing. Both men have shown courage and resilience through their personal situations. I expect Woods to fully recover since the divorce is now final, and I expect him to win. You cannot deny the talent that Woods has, and it seems like nothing can keep him down. I do not think this was just a fluke accident, and Woods scoring a 65 at the Barclays is just the start.
Bill Pennington, “Tiger Woods Shoots 65 at the Barclays”, The New York Times
Samuel Abt, “Lance Armstrong’s Comeback from Cancer”, Cycle Publishing