Tiger missed four months in 2011 with an Achilles injury. He had been struggling with personal problems and swing changes for over two years. He had slipped outside the Top 50 in the world at the end of 2011 and finished outside the Top 125 on the PGA Tour for the first time in his career.
In 2012, he came back with a vengeance. He garnered three PGA Tour wins and was a factor in nearly every event that he entered. The Tiger fist pump was back, and he was a force to be reckoned with.
He ended the year No. 3 on the FedEx Cup rankings and No. 2 on the Official World Golf Rankings.
Tiger failed to win a major in 2012 but was in contention and appears to be getting ever closer to resuming his chase for 19 major championship titles.
Tour’s Comeback Player of the Year award….
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Even though Woods missed four months with an Achilles heel injury last season, failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs and finished out of the top 125 on the money list for the first time in his career, he is not under consideration as PGA Tour comeback player of the year.
Neither is anyone else, for that matter.
The tour has changed the definition of the award, which began in 1991 and over the years had been given to players who came back from injury (Steve Jones, Steve Pate), a life-threatening illness (Paul Azinger) and bad play (long list, but notably Steve Stricker — twice).
Now it will be awarded to a player “who through courage and perseverance has overcome extraordinary adversity, such as a personal tragedy or debilitating illness, to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf.”
The award will be determined by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and the four players on the policy board, assuming there is a candidate….
- McIlroy usurps Tiger with a smile – FOXSports.com
- Youth, comebacks, Tiger and Rory highlight 2012 season – USA TODAY