Michael Jordan knows a thing or two about making a comeback. We all remember his time away from basketball to pursue playing baseball after the tragic death of his father. Tiger Woods will be making a comeback of his own, at the Bridgestone Invitational next week. Sitting at an un-Tiger like #21 in the last rankings, Woods will be looking to start his ascent back up the list. MJ has been known to tee it up with Tiger from time-to-time and offered him some words of encouragement when speaking with the Herald Sun.
“He was very fragile over the last year, he was dealing with a lot of different things, mentally as well as physically.”
“But I think he’s come to the conclusion that he needs to heal himself before he can actually be aggressive again.”
“The biggest thing is that I’ve always – and I’m pretty sure Tiger has, too – used sport as a therapeutic tool. Once you’re inside the lines, you can focus on what your jobs are and what you’re doing on the court, or for him the course.”
“When I went through those issues, once I got on to the basketball court that became a therapeutic thing for me where I was able to forget all those other things.”
“And it is such a mental game, so he has to be right again in that sense and I believe he will get there again.”
From the greatest to hoop it up to the man many feel will be the greatest to to ever swing a golf club when it’s all said and done, this is good to see. When you’re among the best at what you do sometimes it takes someone at that same level in their profession to give you that extra pick-me-up. Jordan knows greatness and certainly knows Tiger is capable of it, we all do. Maybe Mike’s words can help get Tiger back on the right track. It might work, it might not. We’ll shortly find out the answer to that.
All eyes will surely be on Firestone Country Club next weekend as Tiger looks to regain his form in the event he’s won 7 times (1999-2001, 2005-2007, 2009). A mentally and physically healthy Woods is still dangerous and if he really is “feeling fit and ready”, as he said earlier this week, we could start to see the old Tiger emerge once again.