Could the fall of Tiger Woods finally see an upswing?
Golf’s largest commercial ambassador and international sports’ greatest fall from grace, Tiger Woods has revealed that he’s still got it. In what seems like the first time in decades, golf pro’s favorite player Tiger Woods picked up his first win since 2009 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational yesterday.
The jubilee win brought Woods one step closer to the all-time wins’ list for golfers, leaving him one behind Jack Nicklaus and ten behind Sam Snead (according to Forbes.com). Woods' course earnings were also raised – brought to a total of $109,596,678.
Woods was looking worn throughout the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and showed signs of stress despite taking an early lead. Woods’ game has excelled over the years, and so has his persona – what might have become a Woods’ comeback in the past, this win was met largely with speculation about the number one golfing professionals’ lead into the Masters tournament.
With the Masters just weeks away, ESPN.com senior golf writer Michael Collins said about looming speculations on the Masters’ frontrunner: “Is there anyone other than Tiger who can be favored? How many green jackets does Luke Donald have? Didn’t Rory McIlroy say at Honda that he wished it weren’t Tiger shooting 62 on Sunday?”
Woods’ win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational comes at an odd time – today’s news about Woods’ losing streak suspended comes just as a tell-all book about the golfing professional is released, and the namesake of this revival tournament is released from the hospital. As for the latter story, the Los Angeles Times reported early this morning that Palmer, who was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure due to high blood pressure, is expected to be released today. As for the tell-all book, well….we’ll just have to see what happens.