Bock’s score: Tiger will always be golf royalty

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NYSportsdaywire

Tiger Woods’ best days on the golf course are long gone, buried following multiple back surgeries and a devastating car accident that nearly killed him and prompted surgeons to consider amputating his neck. right leg.

There are still moments, however, that will remain etched in his brain and heart forever.

There was, for example, the last hole of the British Open last week. His name was far from the leader board, pushed aside in the rounds of ’78 and ’75 as the Old Course in St. Andrews took its measure of the greatest golfer of his generation.

As Woods crossed the historic Swilcan Bridge and down the 18e fairway, the cheers began to rain down on him, a rousing tribute to Woods for all he had done in this game and this tournament.

The Open was back in St. Andrews for its 150e anniversary, a celebration of the old Old Course where much of the game’s history had been written. Woods enjoys this story. He’s a student of the game. And that’s mostly why he was back for the Open, even though the game and the injuries left him with a shell of the player he once was.

Cheers rained down on him after those victories in the ancestral home of golf and now, once again, he heard the roar of the crowd. It was like the good old days for Tiger, like in 2000 and 2005 when he conquered the historic Old Course and captured the Claret Jug that came with those victories.

Woods cried upon hearing those cheers on what could very well be his last trip around the old Course 18e green. He greeted the crowd by waving his cap.

Woods has won 15 major tournaments and his physical condition may never allow him to win another. He completed a non-Tiger-like 47e at the Masters, retired after three rounds at the PGA and failed to qualify for the Open. He’s realistic about his situation and that’s why hearing those cheers from the crowd in St. Andrews, perhaps for one last time, meant so much to him.

It was a tribute to who he was and what he meant to the game he holds so dear. He may never hold that championship pitcher again, but he’ll still have the cheers he heard once again at No. 18 forever.

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