Michael Jordan says Tiger Woods’ comeback is ‘the greatest I’ve ever seen’

Michael Jordan, who famously came back from retirement to add to his haul of NBA titles, has paid tribute to Tiger Woodss return to the peak of golf Michael Jordan, who famously has been strained in recent years. However, in an interview with the Athletic published on Thursday, Jordan hailed Jordan told the Athletic after Woods won his first major since 2008. He didnt think hed get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the way he is now. Hes probably the only person who believed he could get back. To me, thats a major accomplishment. To me, its unbelievable. Mentally, you always think you can. But you cant answer to what your body …

This one means the most: a journey through Tiger Woods’s travails | Scott Murray

It has been hard to follow during his barren spell, not least because much of it could be viewed only through the fingers Brexit, Trump, the hot priest in Fleabag, Israel, Messi, Ronaldo: there are plenty of hot-button topics guaranteed to spark friendly debate among the reasonable and well-meaning folk travelling together peacefully on the information superhighway. But few subjects have quite the polarising effect of Tiger Woods. On one side of this divide Woods is regarded as perhaps the greatest athlete of all time, a star whose genius and dedication redefined his sport and whose recovery from ill health and raging against the dying of the light is a redemption tale sure to resonate through the ages. On the …

Tiger Woods triumph may help clean off the stain of Trumps golf addiction | Richard Williams

The presidents very public obsession with golf represents everything that makes a good game easy to dislike. But then, on Sunday, came a miracle Grotesque, malevolent and a cheat at golf: does Auric Goldfinger remind you of anyone? And theres the obsession with gold. Goldfingers Rolls-Royce is panelled in solid gold and he kills a woman by having her covered with gold paint. Donald Trumps use of gold is a little less original, more symbolic than functional: its the colour, for instance, of Trump Tower in Las Vegas, gleaming like a huge gold brick standing on its end above the neon-lit Strip. But its the cheating at golf that concerns us here. One of the most beguiling of Bond villains, …

Tiger Woods roar is back at Augusta but Ian Poulter is no passenger | Andy Bull

As the Augusta crowds fervour over Tiger Woods ebbed and flowed, Ian Poulter otherwise known as some guy in a visor was also doing brilliant things Pampas, the 7th hole, sits in the heart of Augusta National. From the back of the green there, beneath the big leaderboard, one can see some of what is going on on all of the four holes that surround it: the 17th away to the left, the 3rd, 2nd and 8th fanning out uphill to the right. It is centre stage. It was 2.50pm when Tiger Woods walked on to the fairway there, the breeze was still and the light bright, the sun out from between the clouds. Woods had flushed his drive right …

George Archer the 1969 Masters winner who had an amazing secret | Ewan Murray

George Archer, who won the Masters 50 years ago, could barely read and write and his wife, Donna, will be at Augusta this week There are unremarkable Masters winners. At the opposite end of the scale is George Archer, a player worthy of the recognition on the 50th anniversary of his triumph that could not be forthcoming when he was alive. Only after his death, in 2005, did an incredible secret emerge to the wider world: Archer forged a career at the top level while illiterate. It was a golf thing, says Donna Archer, Georges widow. He didnt want to give his opponents any advantage over him. He knew that if somebody knew about it and said something, that he …

Albane Valenzuela: the amateur golfer who turned down Augusta | Ewan Murray

The 21-year-old will compete at the ANA Inspiration, the first womens major of the season, despite temptation of Augusta The green marketing machine has whirred into action early this year. The Masters can wait; Saturday will see the closing round of the inaugural Augusta National Womens Amateur take to the hallowed turf in Georgia. This is, according to those who will preside over it, a historic event that promises to shine a spotlight on womens golf and help inspire a new generation of players. Depending on your outlook there is a case of unfortunate timing or Augusta National demonstrating not for the first time that the greater good is not really its concern. As an epic fuss is made over …

Rory McIlroy wins prestigious Players Championship in thrilling finish

The Northern Irishman won the fifth major, the Players Championship, at Sawgrass on St Patricks Day, with Jim Furyk second and Eddie Pepperell tied for third This is not the most high-profile victory of Rory McIlroys career but it is without doubt among the most significant. That McIlroy claimed the Players Championship the hard way somehow added an element of prestige. A series of near misses had led to external questions regarding McIlroys ability or hunger, even before he turns 30. The response, pressed home with grit and composure, arrived at the PGA Tours marquee event. McIlroys golfing journey, which has already delivered so much, has another pivotal moment as he makes final preparations for a fresh tilt at a …

Matt Kuchar says he’ll apologize to caddie and pay remainder of the $50,000 he requested

(CNN)Earlier this week, pro golfer Matt Kuchar defended the $5,000 he paid his fill-in caddie after winning $1,296,000 at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico, his first PGA tournament victory in four years. “For my fans, as well as fans of the game, I want to apologize to you for not representing the values instilled in this incredible sport. Golf is a game where we call penalties on penalties. I should have done that long ago and not let this situation escalate.” The caddie of a winning golfer on the PGA Tour can expect to receive about 10% of his earnings. Ortiz knewthat because he wasn’t Kuchar’s regular caddyhe wouldn’t receive that much, but he wanted more than the $5,000 Kuchar …