Golf superstar: A little Woods magic on comeback in Florida

It was one of those magical Tiger Woods moments again: the US superstar hit his golf ball with an elegant swing on the third hole of the classy Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando from a good 200 meters straight to the flag.

An almost perfect shot.

It almost seemed as if the serious Tiger Woods car accident had never happened in Los Angeles less than ten months ago. When he and his twelve-year-old son Charlie played eleven birdies in a row on the second day, even a little golf fairy tale was within reach – but John Daly and his son ended up two shots better.

Woods grinned at the award ceremony more broadly than ever before as the runner-up – and never tired of emphasizing how far he was still from playing golf at the highest level. “Even a few weeks ago it wasn’t clear whether we would have this opportunity,” said the 15-time major winner. “And yet we are here and had a great time.”

He is far from being able to fully load his right leg, which was broken several times in the accident, and the speed of his golf swing is nowhere near as high as it used to be. “I took two or three good strokes today that went exactly the way I wanted them to,” said Woods on Saturday. He also lacks a lot of stamina.

To protect his legs, Woods sat down in the golf cart with his 14-year-old daughter Sam and girlfriend Erica after each stroke and drove after his ball. Son Charlie walked the golf course. For Woods in Florida, despite all the ambition, it was evidently not about victory, but solely about having fun.

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