What's your best comeback in golf history

The two biggest comebacks in golf history

2020-04-30

Sports history is full of athletes who have impressed fans with almost unbelievable performances. Above all, athletes who have suffered a severe blow of fate and then regained their old strength are remembered for a long time. Be it Niki Lauda, ​​who almost burned to death at the Nürburgring in 1976, or Monica Seles, who survived an attack by a knife bomber in 1993 - some sports stars have made impressive comebacks. There are also some examples in golf of players returning to the top of the world. We remember two of them.

The best example of a golf comeback is Tiger Woods. The now 44-year-old spent more than 13 years in first place in the world rankings and has also set numerous other records. Among other things, he had already won every major tournament at least once at the age of 24, making him the youngest golfer of all time to have succeeded. To date, he is also the only player who was able to win the four most important tournaments in a row. Woods' best performances are all the more impressive when you look at his medical records. For years he has been grappling with various injuries, especially on his back he had to undergo multiple operations. From 2014 to 2017 Woods did not win a single tournament, it was only in September 2018 that he broke his winless streak when he was successful in the Tour Championship. However, he made his big comeback at the Masters in April 2019. Before the final round, he was two strokes behind leading Francesco Molinari and finally secured victory. It was his first Masters tournament triumph since 2008.

Decades before Tiger Woods, his American compatriot Ben Hogan shaped the sport of golf. Even today, many experts consider Hogan's swing to be perfect. Born in 1912, Hogan won three Masters tournaments between 1946 and 1948 and was well on his way to making the career grand slam out of all four tournaments. But then a severe blow of fate overtook him. Hogan and his wife Valerie were driving home from a tournament in 1949 when their car collided with a bus. Hogan threw himself protectively on his wife, unconsciously saving his own life. Because the impact bored the steering column into the driver's seat, which fortunately Hogan was no longer in. Nevertheless, the golfer suffered numerous dangerous injuries. Among other things, he broke his hip, collarbone and left ankle. His doctors feared that Hogan would never be able to walk again. 59 days after the accident, Hogan left the hospital and actually managed to get back on his feet through physical therapy. But that's not all: he strengthened his legs with long walks and was back on the golf course in November 1949. In June 1950, Hogan finally won the US Open, his fourth Masters tournament. In 1953 he was even the first player to win three Masters tournaments within a year. Only Tiger Woods managed the same feat in 2000. The fact that Hogan did not win all four Masters tournaments in 1953 was incidentally due to an overlap: While the PGA Championship was running in 1953, Hogan took part in another tournament - which he also won.

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Joachim Widl

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