It was a devastating moment for Tiger Woods two years ago when he was honored with the Ben Hogan Award, given to a player who continues to compete despite a severe illness or physical handicap.
A couple of years ago just two nights before the masters, he had to attend a champions dinner and he wouldn’t at any cost-miss this dinner. Even though he wouldn’t play, he still felt that he was part of the masters. He, therefore, had to get a nerve block to be able to walk. He was in so much pain and had to visit a specialist in England after the dinner who recommended a spinal fusion surgery which was done in Texas by Dr. Richard Guyer. It was a difficult time for him as he had to undergo another surgery a few weeks later after the first surgery to ensure that his spinal was completely fused.
He launched his first drive at no. 1 to kick off his masters 317 yards and that day just ended with one shot off the lead. He was more than the old Tiger!
What seemed impossible for Tiger Woods two years ago became possible. Not since 2010 has Tiger Woods been in the top at Augusta after round 1.