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Tiger Woods still moves the needle

Despite injuries and long layoffs, the 47-year-old remains a curiosity to The First Call readers when he tees a golf ball up because he may still display a flash of his old self

Tiger Woods — Genesis Invitational 2023
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2023 Genesis Invitational.

Question of the week [November 20-26]: Tiger Woods has announced he will play in the Hero World Challenge, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas. Do you enjoy watching Woods play as much now as when he was dominating the game?

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It would be hard not to watch one of the best golfers the game has ever produced. Tiger’s record and shotmaking during the years he was dominating is the best we have ever seen. We watched Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus after their best years, and Tiger is no different.

Peter Boyce
Strathroy, Ontario

There are so many great players on Tour today that Tiger has become just another "old boy" who can still play. But when he doesn't play, I don't miss him. 

Dave Tracey
Toronto, Ontario

Can’t think of anyone else I would love to watch.

Arthur Buonopane 
Winchester, Massachusetts

Woods is like many pro athletes. He’s learning how to say hello when it’s time to say goodbye. He spent a career ignoring fans, being petulant and profane on the course, and always having an excuse when playing poorly. Of course, the adoring media turned a blind eye to all of that and willingly supplied their own excuses.

Just when I think we’ll be done with him, I see the media is now fawning over his teenaged son. Good lord.

Vinny Mooney
Poughkeepsie, New York

What was always so intriguing about Tiger — and what made him so enjoyable to watch — was his dominance. It was amazing to watch him win at East Lake in 2019 and it was must-watch TV for the 2019 Masters, but ever since the car wreck, his attempts to play have been painful to watch. I don't turn on the TV just to see him. I want to see him play well and compete, hopefully to win. So the answer is no, I don't enjoy watching him as much now. But, I will still be watching when he tees it up.

John Abercrombie
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

I am a pretty big Tiger fan. Watching Tiger play today is more about hope, curiosity and expectations, more than anything. The hope is wishing for some "Tiger type" of play, and maybe catching lightening in a bottle. The curiosity is can he make it through a tournament without the noticeable limp or withdrawing. The expectations are relatively low. I mean how much can you expect from playing a couple of tournaments a year with an injury riddled body against the fittest and best golfers in the world that are playing 20-25 tournaments a year. All I can say is best of luck to Tiger, and I’ll still watch. 

Barry Duckworth
Knoxville, Tennessee

Of course he was much more fun to watch when he was in his prime. However, he still adds a lot to a golf match.

Bob Norris
Cincinnati, Ohio

I’m still enjoy seeing Tiger play. I think he still brings a unique energy to the game and to the fan base. I hope he recovers to the point where he can be genuinely competitive and be able to challenge a few more of the records.

James Richmond
Bolingbrook, Illinois

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