Been giving this some thought. Have there been two words in the English language more closely tied together than “Tiger” and “Back”? Between his back injury, back surgery, back to rehab, and he’s BACK on tour(!!1!one!), it’s kind of incredible.
But let’s have a discussion about what would qualify as “back” in the sense that his return to form is a semblance of what we all remember…or maybe not.
For me, while I think it is wholly unrealistic to expect him to have the types of years where he wins 6+ times ever again, it was only five years ago in 2013 that he won 5 times, including The Players. Even that seems like a significant stretch, but it’s just hard to say that would be impossible, you know? His competitive streak is so primal that if he puts it all together…
Given his age, the competitive landscape, the venues, and the pressure he must feel, I’d say 3 wins this year means Tiger is “back.” 1 win would be great, not surprising, but possibly a flash in the pan, 2 wins would be shocking, and 3+ would mean he’s getting back into the type of form where he could have an entire second (third?) career in his 40s. With how many players are competitive into that age group over the years, 3 wins signals that we are in for a major thrill.
I’m curious where you guys fall on this. Is one win enough to declare him “back?” Is it more than 3? Does it change your opinion if its just 1 win, but that win is a major?