ROME – Tiger Woods returns to roar: it is the return of a great champion, the winner of the 83rd Master of Augusta the same who in 1997 had crowned him for the first time out of class. It took 14 years to return to the Augusta Olympus and at age 43, winning the fifth Green Jacket, he took a good revenge. He kept his nerve while Francesco Molinari faltered and saw his dream fade away: the Italian closes fifth after collapsing in the final. While Woods sank the last shot to win the tournament, completing a last dizzying round and one of the biggest returns in the history of the sport, the crazy fans cheered him: "Tiger! Tiger! ".
A fairytale victory following Woods' troubled marriage and divorce in 2010, four back operations, heavy rehabilitation and the humiliation of arrest when the police drove him into a car filled with painkillers and antidepressants.
Present on the way, the mother Kultida Woods, 75 years, the two sons, Charlie and Sam, and the girlfriend Erica Herman, 35 years: a big hug to everyone, just like he did 22 years ago with his father Earl, who died in 2006 for a heart attack, and that introduced the Tiger to golf at the age of two. It is now three lengths from Jack Nicklaus' record of victories in major tournaments. A champion who has not given up but in the history of sport there are others who have returned to the limelight after being in the dust. Five out of all:
Lester Piggot – The legendary British jockey, 11 times world champion, in 1985 announced his retirement. Accused of tax evasion for 3 million pounds, subjected to trial and sentenced to 3 years in prison, he served only one, he came out with the totally scratched image but in 1990, at 54, he returned to compete by winning the "Breeders" Cup Mile ”in the United States.
In 1992, with another distant descendant of Nearco, Rodrigo de Triano, had four significant successes, winning Ascot in the "Champions Stakes", in York in the "International Stakes", and then winning the "2000 Irish Guineas" and seizing the last of his 30 victories in a "classic", with the sixth personal triumph in the "2000 Guineas" at Newmarket.
Michael Jordan – Considered the greatest NBA player of all time, he hung up the sneakers in 1993 to try baseball but two years later he returned to the Chicago Bulls to pick up where he left off. Back to accomplish a business: to win three more consecutive titles and to enter in all respects in the history of basketball. In just a few seasons he led the Chicago Bulls to the victory of three consecutive championships, those of '96, '97 and '98. In 2001 he resumed his competitive activity, this time in the Washington Wizards, remaining for two seasons before the final withdrawal: he played his last NBA game on April 16th 2003.
George Foreman – In 1973 he won the world title by dethroning the undefeated champion Joe Frazier. After two defenses of the title and his first defeat in the dramatic "The Rumble in the Jungle" by Muhammad Ali after a year in 1977, he announced his retirement. He returned to the ring in 1987 and seven years later, at the age of 45, recaptured the WBA, IBF and linear world titles by knocking out 27-year-old Michael Moorer. This made him the oldest world heavyweight champion and the oldest in any weight division.
Kim Clijsters – Belgian tennis player, a series of injuries had forced her to retire in 2007. The following year she had a child and in 2009 she announced her return. He won the second US Open by beating Serena and Venus Williams. Triumphs at the 2010 US Open by eliminating seeded Petra Kvitová in the fourth round, number five in the quarter-final Samantha Stosur and in the semifinals Venus Williams. In 2011 he won the Australian Open for the first time, beating the Chinese Li Na in the final and in 2012 he announced the second retirement.
Niki Lauda – In 1976, the Austrian Formula 1 driver returned to racing only 42 days after suffering severe burns in an accident at the German Grand Prix. He won a second world title with Ferrari in 1977 before retiring from the sport in 1979. Three years later he returned with McLaren winning the third race and in 1984 he won the third world title. In 1985 he won the Dutch Grand Prix the only victory of the season and that was his last in Formula 1. (Source: Daily Mail)
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