‘Expect Him to Play Again’- Jack Nicklaus Optimistic About Tiger Woods’ Return to Golf

Published 08/24/2021, 4:18 PM EDT
RIDGEDALE, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 22: Jack Nicklaus talks to Tiger Woods of the United States on the 19th tee during the Payne’s Valley Cup on September 22, 2020 on the Payne’s Valley course at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Payne’s Valley Cup)


Tiger Woods is still recovering from his solo car crash, which happened in February 2020. And since then, there haven’t been many updates about him. The first update came in May, where he said this is one of the most painful things he has ever experienced. Moreover, he also mentioned that, currently, his primary goal is to walk on his own. 

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But it’s been around three months now, and there isn’t any update about his recovery. The 15-time major championship winner suffered open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones. The doctors stabilized these injuries by inserting a rod into the tibia during surgery. Moreover, he also suffered additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle, and the doctors stabilized it with pins and screws. 

But the question that remains in every golf fan’s mind is that, will we see Tiger teeing up again? However, nobody seems to have a sure-shot answer to this question. The legendary Jack Nicklaus has given out an optimistic opinion or prediction about the same. 

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“I do expect him to play again,” says Jack on Tiger Woods’ return to golf

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 11: Honorary starter and Masters champion Jack Nicklaus reacts to his shot during the First Tee ceremony to start the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Recently, when asked about Tiger Woods and what does he think of Tiger’s comeback to golf, this is what Nicklaus said, according to the Washington Post: “I know Tiger,” he said. “What he did at Torrey Pines [winning the 2008 U.S. Open] on a broken leg, what does that tell you? He’ll still be able to slap it around, and if he can putt, he’ll be all right. I don’t know if he can reach his old level, but I do expect him to play again.”

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Jack Nicklaus believes that Tiger Woods will make a comeback on the PGA Tour. Moreover, he also revealed that he hasn’t spoken with Tiger for months now. But it is clear that he wants to see Tiger Woods back on the competitive golf just like every one of us. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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