Woods' comeback is greatest ever, says Jordan

LOS ANGELES • Michael Jordan described Tiger Woods' victorious Masters comeback as the "greatest ever" and added that he called the golfing icon to personally congratulate him.

"To me, it is the greatest comeback I have ever seen," the former National Basketball Association superstar said on The Athletic website.

"I never thought he'd get back physically. He didn't think he'd get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the way he is now.

"He's probably the only person who believed he could get back. To me, that's a major accomplishment. To me, it's unbelievable."

Woods ended an 11-year Major drought with a thrilling and emotional Masters win last Sunday.

Aged 43, the American trails only Jack Nicklaus who won at age 46 in 1986. Woods has 15 Major championships, second to Nicklaus' 18.

Just two years ago, his back pain was so bad that he thought he might never play again, let alone win another Major.

"Mentally, you always think you can. But you can't answer to what your body has to deal with," Jordan, 56, added of Woods.

"I'm pretty sure he questioned himself, whether he could get it back, and he had to put a lot of work in. But he took it head-on.

"He had to change his game and he had to change his perspective a little bit. Dealing with his emotions, obviously he believed in himself. But, until you put that into action, sometimes it's a struggle."

Jordan also believes that Woods' confidence will be soaring and that should translate into more victories. "I think he's gotten over the hump and he's going to win more. It's absolutely tough mentally. And then you think about the physical. I'm elated (for him)," he said.

"You don't know what Tiger is capable of doing."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2019, with the headline 'Woods' comeback is greatest ever, says Jordan'. Print Edition | Subscribe