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Off the Tee: What We Learned from Tiger Woods’ Latest Comeback

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Ordinarily golf is not a hot topic of discussion in the month of December, but when the sport’s most recognizable player is making his latest comeback, people are watching – and talking.

Tiger Woods returned to competitive golf for the first time in more than a year, last weekend, to play in his own tournament – the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger wowed the crowd in the Bahamas, and big numbers of golf fans watching on TV, following up an opening round 73 with a 65 and a 70, before struggling for a final round 76, to finish 15th in a field of 17 golfers.

Despite not finishing higher on the leaderboard, Tiger did vault 248 spots (from 898 to 650) in the World Golf Rankings, and slash his odds of winning the 2017 Masters odds from 40-to-1 a week ago, to 20-to-1 now.

In this edition of ‘Off The Tee’ I talk with Joel Harrington from 4 Deep Golf blog about Tiger’s return, plus:

  • While Tiger was getting all of the attention in the Bahamas, Hideki Matsuyama was putting the finishing touches on an impressive end to the 2016 season, leading wire-to-wire at the Hero World Challenge, for his fourth win in the last five events.
  • names Dustin Johnson as the 2016 Player of the Year, while Jordan Spieth graded his performance in 2016 as a B+.
  • The fallout from the loss at the 2016 Ryder Cup continues for the Europeans, who will switch captains for the 2018 event in Paris. Darren Clarke is out and Thomas Bjorn is in.

Here’s my conversation with Joel:

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