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How Tiger Woods can use Ben Hogan as inspiration to win again ahead of comeback

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As Tiger Woods eyes a remarkable return to competitive golf in 2022, the 15-time major winner could well use the inspiration of another golfing great in Ben Hogan

10 months ago, golf fans across the globe were left devastated at the thought of arguably the game’s greatest of all time never picking up a golf club again.

This came after 82-time PGA Tour winner Tiger Woods suffered life-changing injuries following a high speed car crash in Los Angeles back in February.

Following the accident Woods was left with severe fractures to his upper and lower fibula and tibia bones, leaving him needing extensive surgery to walk again – let alone return to the golf course.

Remarkably though, the 15-time major champion was back where he belonged last weekend, performing in front of the golfing world as he took part in the PNC Championship alongside his son Charlie.

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Whilst his eagerly-awaited return was not a competitive one, Woods recently confirmed that he was hoping to return to the PGA Tour at some point in the near future, albeit not full-time.

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Despite confirming his days as a full-time pro were over, Woods’ hopes of becoming the most successful PGA Tour golfer of all time (needing just one more win) are not over yet, thanks to the inspiration of fellow legend Ben Hogan.

Like Woods, Hogan’s position at the top of the world of golf was dealt a huge blow after also suffering life-changing injuries in a car accident back in 1949.

The World Golf Hall of Famer suffered breaks to the pelvis, ribs and collarbone, before subsequently suffering blood clots that almost led to his death.

Again, Hogan’s experience was similar to that of Woods after both were required to go through a brutal rehabilitation period in order to get themselves back onto the golf course.

And remarkably the 64-time PGA Tour winner did not just get himself back with a club hand, but also competed back at golf’s top level in what is seen as one of sport’s greatest comebacks.

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Just a year on from his accident Hogan was back on the Tour circuit, and went on to record an impressive three wins from nine starts including his fourth major title with a victory at the 1950 US Open.

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The American’s nine appearances would turn out to be his busiest campaign following his life-changing injuries – as like Woods plans to – he also adopted a part-time career, but this didn’t stop his success.

Hogan would go on to add a further five major titles to his glittering trophy cabinet, including three in a single campaign in 1953, as he collected the Masters, the US Open and the Open Championship titles.

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Whilst his career – and victories – then began to slow down, Hogan showed just how hard work, determination and of course remarkable talent can see a golfer return to greatness, and there is no doubt Tiger carries all three of these attributes in abundance.

In a recent press conference, Woods compared his recovery and future plans to that of the nine-time major winner, as he commented: “To ramp up for a few events a year as I alluded to yesterday as Mr. Hogan did, he did a pretty good job of it, and there’s no reason that I can’t do that and feel ready.”

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On the surface it seems the 45-year-old was just comparing his part-time schedule plans to those of Hogan, however deep down the ever-competitive Tiger will no doubt be hoping of returning to the winners’ circle just like the Texan.

Of course just seeing the 15-time major winner back out competing would be more than enough to please any golf fan, however if Woods is back out in competition there is no doubt he will be playing to win.

It would not be the first time Tiger would have completed one of golf’s – and sport’s – great comebacks after he returned from rock bottom to claim a historic fifth green jacket with victory at the 2019 Masters.

And, with the golfing great just one victory away from becoming the PGA Tour’s most successful player of all time, Tiger will be more determined than ever to complete a remarkable return once again.

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