Roger Federer’s 2017 recent comeback has shaken the world of sport and left fans marvelling at the Swiss sportsman. Federer is undoubtedly of the greats of sport joining names like Lionel Messi, Kobe Bryant, Dan Carter, Lewis Hamilton and Tiger Woods.
Woods is one such sporting legend, like Federer, who we may see mount a mesmerising comeback in 2017.
Back in December, Woods showed more than enough to suggest that he still possessed a wealth of talent that we saw in more of the old Woods. His December comeback may be a hint that 2017 may just be a brilliant final chapter for the 41-year-old.
A 15-month spell on the side-lines following numerous back surgeries will raise question marks about his fitness, particularly as he begins to prepare for the Masters which is said to kick off early April.
If he can maintain his form and his fitness then an 80th PGA Tour victor might just be on the cards, an achievement that would take him just three short of Sam Sneed’s record of 83.
For those tempted by one of the many free bets on offer – having a punt on Tiger to break Sneed’s record could result in lucrative winnings, given his poor run of form over the past 10 years.
Indeed, it’s been a decade and a half since Woods’ last major and 12 years since his last Masters victory but nothing can be written off in what could be an illustrious tale, and even more so if Federer’s story is anything to go by.
Phil Mickelson is another legend of our much-loved game and a comeback from him is also very much possible. It’s no secret that the Californian is very highly decorated with five major championships to his name.
He’s also one of only eight players in the history of the game to boast three masters wins and one of only 15 players to hold at least three legs of the career Grand Slam.
With 42 PGA Tour wins to his name, he is 9th in the all-time list and his efforts saw him inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.
And “Lefty” is continuing to defy his aging years with some amazing showdowns. Last year’s British Open duel with Henrik Stenson will be remembered for some time and will forever be regarded as one of golf’s greatest contests.
The Sunday final saw Stenson take just 63 shots to claim glory at the Royal Troon whilst Mickelson’s 65 was just short of good enough.
Still, the 46-year-old has showed he still has what it takes to mix with the young talents and a sixth major would him level with the likes of Lee Trevino and Nick Faldo in terms of victories.
Whilst the 1920s and 30s may have bad news for America in terms of the Wall Street Crash, it was great for sport. The likes of Babe Ruth, Red Grange and Jack Dempsey were huge names in the sporting world but it’s said that no-one was bigger than Bobby Jones.
A golf prodigy at age 14, Jones didn’t rise to fame until he hit 20 and it was then when he began his remarkable run. Eight years later, he walked away from competitive golf and no sporting legend has achieved more in such a short space of time and no sporting legend has walked away at such a tender age.
Everybody watched completely mesmerised as Jones won everything that was on offer, the 1930 Grand Slam, the US and British Opens and the US and Britain Amateurs. A true great if there ever was one.