Even though Tiger Woods has managed to bring together a galaxy of stars for the $3.5 million Hero World Challenge, as a host, he continues to remain a topic of debates and discussions following uncertainty over his return to professional golf. Winners of three of the four majors this year, Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson, two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose and 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott, among others, are all set to chase the million-dollar winner cheque here.
But at the back of their minds, they are praying that Tiger does not call it a day anytime soon.
Defending champion Spieth, the reigning World No. 1, said, “Obviously it's frustrating for him. You can tell that. But I think we certainly haven't seen the end of him even if he does say that if the sun sets on the career now, it's still good. I think we can all read between the lines there. I think he's still got some really good years left out of him.
“You know, it's tough, it's tough to see. You just hope he gets healthy. I don’t know his position or the injuries he’s experiencing. But just seemed like each time he so wanted to be back, and back to his level so quickly, that it kind of led to another one (injury).”
The 22-year old declared, “there nobody who had more influence on my golf game than Tiger,” and continued to speak about the dominance of the man with 14 major titles, “the way that he was able to bring it in the majors. Really, he brought it in every tournament. He didn’t play 25 events a year and the ones he did, he often won or almost won. You know what he did. What we were able to do this season, he did for 15 years straight.”
Scott, who replaced Tiger as World No. 1 in May 2013, was equally concerned about the 40-year old who influenced his golf even though only five years separated the two.
In Scott’s words, “You know, it's obviously a major surgery, so if he's uncertain at this point, it's a long road to recovery. You've got to hope that he recovers well enough to come back and play at a high level because we don't want Tiger checking out of the game any time soon.”