Masters

Jordan says Woods comeback 'greatest I have ever seen'

2019-04-19 07:42
Michael Jordan (AP)

Los Angeles - Michael Jordan described Tiger Woods' Masters comeback as the "greatest ever" and added he called the golfing icon to personally congratulate him.

"To me it is the greatest comeback I have ever seen," Jordan told The Athletic.

"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 victory on Sunday.

Aged 43, Woods 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 Woods 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," former NBA superstar Jordan said 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; 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 added that Woods' confidence will be soaring and that should translate into more victories.

"I think he's gotten over the hump. I think he's going to win more. It's tough mentally. It's absolutely tough mentally. And then you think about the physical. I'm elated.

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

Read more on:    masters  |  michael jordan  |  tiger woods  |  golf

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Vote

There are SIX South Africans competing at this year's Masters. Who will fare best?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.