(Image Source: Orlando Sentinel)

 

BY CHARLES MCKEAGUE

 

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

It’s been two and a half years in the making. For the first time since Tiger Woods’ very public fall from grace - he finally won a PGA Tour event.

 

“What a long road back it’s been!” (PGA Tour)

 

“Now Tiger is back!” (ABC)

 

“Could it be? A return to golfing glory for Tiger Woods. The first since his sex scandal rocked his personal life, and rattled his reputation.” (MSNBC)

 

“Everyone who said Tiger Woods is dead, he’s done, he’s dea --  well they’re wrong!” (Fox News)

 

If you were wrong - you weren’t alone. In between Tiger’s two most recent PGA Tour victories there was: a stint in a treatment facility for sex addiction, a divorce, a new swing coach, a new caddie, several different leg injuries, a case of the yips, and a handful of new world number ones. 

 

An analyst for Fox Sports says the win proved one thing - New Tiger can be just as good as ‘vintage’ Tiger.

 

“Not only was he back, but he was as good as ever if Sunday was any indication.”

 

And he sounded like old Tiger too.

 

Reporter: "Tiger, there’s got to be a lot of emotions tell me what you are feeling now that you have completed the job?"

Woods: “Pure joy.”  (PGA Tour)

 

But what was it this week that Tiger did so well?

 

“The stats also reveal that the elusive old Tiger is showing his stripes once again, as he finished first in field in greens in regulation, and fourth in strokes gained putting, while still leading the tour in overall ranking.” (PGA Tour)

 

Perhaps a more surprising take from the whole event - were the smiles in the gallery and among media types. Many pronounced they would never again cheer for a man who could do such disgraceful acts to his wife - but on Sunday and Monday - most everyone seemed surprisingly upbeat.

 

And Woods’ himself seemed more upbeat than any other time during the past 30 months.

 

“More important though, it couldn’t have come at a better time.  The Masters now looms just a few weeks away.” (ABC)

 

SB Nation quotes a betting expert who reports Vegas sportsbooks have slashed the odds on Tiger to win the Masters - and the bets are still coming in hot.

 

“The tables are turned - Tiger looked sharp and betting lines are getting hammered. If he wins, it could be a massive payday for bettors and an expensive day for sportsbooks.”

 

The Masters begins in Augusta, Georgia Thursday April 5th . And, just like old times, Tiger is the favorite.

Tiger Wins For First Time Since Sex Scandal

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Mar 26, 2012

Tiger Wins For First Time Since Sex Scandal

(Image Source: Orlando Sentinel)

 

BY CHARLES MCKEAGUE

 

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

It’s been two and a half years in the making. For the first time since Tiger Woods’ very public fall from grace - he finally won a PGA Tour event.

 

“What a long road back it’s been!” (PGA Tour)

 

“Now Tiger is back!” (ABC)

 

“Could it be? A return to golfing glory for Tiger Woods. The first since his sex scandal rocked his personal life, and rattled his reputation.” (MSNBC)

 

“Everyone who said Tiger Woods is dead, he’s done, he’s dea --  well they’re wrong!” (Fox News)

 

If you were wrong - you weren’t alone. In between Tiger’s two most recent PGA Tour victories there was: a stint in a treatment facility for sex addiction, a divorce, a new swing coach, a new caddie, several different leg injuries, a case of the yips, and a handful of new world number ones. 

 

An analyst for Fox Sports says the win proved one thing - New Tiger can be just as good as ‘vintage’ Tiger.

 

“Not only was he back, but he was as good as ever if Sunday was any indication.”

 

And he sounded like old Tiger too.

 

Reporter: "Tiger, there’s got to be a lot of emotions tell me what you are feeling now that you have completed the job?"

Woods: “Pure joy.”  (PGA Tour)

 

But what was it this week that Tiger did so well?

 

“The stats also reveal that the elusive old Tiger is showing his stripes once again, as he finished first in field in greens in regulation, and fourth in strokes gained putting, while still leading the tour in overall ranking.” (PGA Tour)

 

Perhaps a more surprising take from the whole event - were the smiles in the gallery and among media types. Many pronounced they would never again cheer for a man who could do such disgraceful acts to his wife - but on Sunday and Monday - most everyone seemed surprisingly upbeat.

 

And Woods’ himself seemed more upbeat than any other time during the past 30 months.

 

“More important though, it couldn’t have come at a better time.  The Masters now looms just a few weeks away.” (ABC)

 

SB Nation quotes a betting expert who reports Vegas sportsbooks have slashed the odds on Tiger to win the Masters - and the bets are still coming in hot.

 

“The tables are turned - Tiger looked sharp and betting lines are getting hammered. If he wins, it could be a massive payday for bettors and an expensive day for sportsbooks.”

 

The Masters begins in Augusta, Georgia Thursday April 5th . And, just like old times, Tiger is the favorite.

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