Saturday 14 December 2019

Woods plays down the hype

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has compared the hype ahead of his first Masters appearance since 2015 to that which preceded his completion of the 'Tiger Slam'.

But he cautioned against labelling his remarkable comeback the greatest of all time should he go on to win a fifth green jacket at Augusta National on Sunday.

Woods, 42, underwent spinal fusion surgery in April last year and only returned to competitive golf in November, but Rory McIlroy believes the 14-time major winner has a "great chance" of more Masters glory after finishing 12th, second and fifth in his last three PGA Tour events.

Asked in his pre-tournament press conference if a victory this week would be the greatest sporting comeback of all time, Woods said: "Well, I have four rounds to play, so let's just kind of slow down.

"I've had anticipation like this prior. If you remember the build-up from the PGA of 2000 to the Masters of 2001, nine months of building up what that tournament would mean. And it's the same thing.

"As far as greatest comebacks, I think that one of the greatest comebacks in all of sport is the gentleman who won here, Mr (Ben) Hogan. I mean, he got hit by a bus and came back and won major championships."

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