BY CHRIS HAAS
Tiger Woods watched the Masters on television for the first time since 1994. Woods was incapacitated for the PGA’s first major of the season because of a surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. Yet even from a hospital bed, he found a way display his dominance of the sport through one simple fact: The Masters had the lowest television ratings since 1993. At least Tiger was watching.
Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville will host the 2014 PGA Championship from August 7-10. It’s the fourth and final major of the PGA season. Unlike the Masters, Valhalla has a couple of Tiger-related story lines working in its favor
Tiger’s long-time friend and former Stanford teammate, Notah Begay, recently told reporters not to expect Woods to play in the U.S. Open, the second of four majors. He said back injuries typically need at least 90 days of rehabilitation. The third major of the season, the British Open, starts in exactly 90 days from today. In all likelihood that would be cutting it too close. Which potentially leaves the PGA Championship as Tiger’s first and only major of the season.
Valhalla last held the PGA Championship in 2000. The winner? Tiger Woods, of course. Tiger knows he can win at Valhalla, adding another incentive to get back to Louisville come August.
Lastly, Tiger hasn’t won a major since 2008. That’s not to say he’s been irrelevant though. On the contrary, Tiger was amidst a career renaissance prior to his back injury. In 2013, he won 5 events, earned the PGA Player of the Year Award, and reclaimed his throne of number 1 player in the world. He failed to land a major but proved he was more than capable of doing so.
Love him or hate him, when Tiger steps onto the golf course he demands your attention. He creates an aura of electricity. Like Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan, he’s become an international symbol of greatness. He’s polarizing but undeniably captivating. Go ahead and get your tickets now, just in case…