Tiger Woods may be back in the official rankings as the world’s best golfer but there still remain a few critics who are yet to be convinced that Tiger Woods is the same player that he was at the time of his controversial fall from grace a few years back.
Once the most marketable sportsman on the planet bigger even than the likes of PSG's David Beckham, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Woods has had to endure a tough couple of years both personally and professionally.
If the rankings are the only thing to go by Tiger Woods has seemingly once again surpassed the world’s best golfers to stamp his authority on the game as the world’s best.
Tiger Woods has endured some tough years since the news of his marital infidelities broke like wildfire and his sponsors started to dump him as the face of their products although not all but at the end of it all the spotlight shifted from Woods to younger golfers like Rory Mcllroy who were now marketable than Woods.
Tiger Woods in light of all the controversy has slowly been re-building his image and making a slow but steady comeback into the game that is golf.
His win at Bay Hill where he regained his number one ranking from Rory Mcllroy was another step in the right direction for a player once considered a safe bet to set a new record for the most major titles win in the game.
As Tiger’s comeback continues the fans of the game still remain sceptical over his ability to play at the same level as before but one thing Tiger Woods has going for him in this situation is the fact that he has matured as a person through this ordeal.
Dr. Gary Sailes, a sports sociology expert and an associate professor in Indiana University’s kinesiology department said to the New York Daily News: “Times are different, the novelty has worn off. We’ve got Rory (McIlroy), Phil (Mickelson). But every time Tiger has been down (professionally), he came back. And he’s got something on his side now — maturity. I think he’s going to be even more dangerous a golfer.”
For Woods professionally Jack Nicklaus’s record of the most number of major wins would certainly count as redemption since his demise as the game’s best.
Woods may not be able to regain all the sponsors that once were lining up for his endorsements but he can reacquire his standing in the game of golf and amongst the fans of the game if he continues to strive for success and play as he did to regain his number one ranking.
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