A second-place finish at the USA PGA Championships earlier this month created a buzz around Tiger Woods that hasn’t existed for a number of years.
One of the most decorated players of all time, Woods has failed to win a major championship since 2008 – suffering injuries and personal issues in the years following.
Fans could have been forgiven for thinking that Tiger’s time at the top was over.
But, by finishing only two shots behind eventual winner Brooks Koepka, Woods recorded his best finish at a major since 2009.
Woods will require a wildcard, but still harbours hopes of representing the US in the Ryder Cup.
Essentially, for someone who looked like their time at the top of the sport was done, things are looking good for Tiger.
At the PGA, and other tournaments, Woods has been receiving a raucous reaction, and the legendary golfer thinks he knows why.
Woods believes that the fans can empathise with his struggled both on and off the course, as everyone has their own problems to overcome.
“I guess everyone knows I have struggled. I have had been some back pain, had four surgeries and worked my way back. It has been tough” Woods said.
“People understand that. I think everyone can relate to that, because they have all been through it. Everyone has aches and pains.
“My fusion surgery was the last-ditch effort to come back. I think that people are more appreciative of it. They know that I am at the tail end of my career.
“People understand that to try and compete against the younger generation in whatever you do, it gets more difficult”.
It certainly is special to see Woods turn back the clock and play at the top level again, and many fans are desperate to see him go one better than at Bellerive to win his 15th major.