A competitive absence of over a year was almost enough for people to forget about golf icon Tiger Woods.
But with one simple announcement the 14-time Major winner was able to send the game into a tizzy.
Woods stated his plans to return to action via Twitter, pinpointing the Safeway Open as the venue for his first tentative steps inside the rope for the first time since last August.
Naturally, the news sent the social media platform into a whir, with the below tweets some of the best of the reaction:
It all started with this simple post, which earned over 6,000 retweets:
Hoping to play in Napa, Turkey, and Hero in the Bahamas. Can’t wait to compete again. https://t.co/cuNUTQv0NW
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 7, 2016
Soon, Woods’ fellow professionals were passing comment. Among them was Jason Day, who has built a recent friendship with the American. Not that you’d know it from his quotes:
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) September 8, 2016
After playing October’s Safeway Open, Woods will head to Turkey to compete on the European Tour. The last time he played in the country, he did this:
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) September 7, 2016
Some fans got a little ahead of themselves with the news, dreaming up potential final-group pairings with the multi-Major winner and some of the game’s current superstars:
— Victory Lane Sports (@VctryLnSprts) September 8, 2016
But perhaps the best tweet of all came from the man whose tally of 18 Majors Woods has been chasing all his life:
.@TigerWoods, it’s great to see you back and in good health. You’ve done so much for the game and it’s better with you playing. Good luck!👍🏼
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) September 7, 2016
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