Michael Jordan on Tiger Woods: 'Greatest comeback I've ever seen'

Tanya Simon
April 20, 2019

Matter of fact, Jordan himself doubted Woods, and didn't have the heart to face his friend and tell him what was in the minds of most who had watched him struggle through a torn ACL and multiple back procedures, often taking one step forward only to take two more backward.

"I took two years off to play baseball, but nothing like that", Jordan told The Athletic.

Woods had well-documented personal issues, and health problems that have limited on the course for years.

Before Sunday, Woods' last major victory was the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Woods made his TV debut on The Mike Douglas Show in 1978.Not only did the little boy show off his short game, but he took a big practice swing with his driver that also wowed the audience and anchors.

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Staunch Woods supporters always held onto the hope that he could regain his form and threaten to move closer to Jack Nicklaus's record 18 major championship wins.

Jordan knows a thing or two about lengthy layoffs and returning to the top of his sport, too. "I think he's going to be awesome whatever he does".

"He s probably the only person who believed he could get back". Taking into account the pain Woods was in and how much it hurt for him to even swing a golf club, Jordan couldn't express his true feelings. He returned to the PGA Tour a year ago, contended in the season's final two majors and won the Tour Championship. And then you think about the physical.

While it's admirable the way Woods came back from his back injury - I think everyone can take some enjoyment in seeing him revitalize his career - to see him win an award bestowed on the likes of civil rights leaders such as Asa Philip Randolph, various pioneering astronauts, and public servants like Mother Teresa, seems a bit of a stretch. "But you can't answer to what your body has to deal with". Jordan said Woods' experience with Augusta National was the the difference in his victory. You're going against guys who are more gifted physically. It's tough mentally. It's absolutely tough mentally. "You couldn't have had more drama than we all had out there, and now I know why I'm balding", Woods joked.

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