The incredible true story of Tiger Woods’s dramatic return to glory at the 2019 Masters following his humbling and very public personal, physical, and professional setbacks.
One publicly imploded marriage. Two car accidents. Eight surgeries. And now, a miracle of hard work and storied talent: five Masters wins. Once hailed as “the greatest closer in history” before he fell further than any beloved athlete in America’s memory, Tiger swung at the world’s wildest expectations and beat all the skeptics by earning an unlikely fifth green jacket in April 2019. Roaring Back chronicles his road to Augusta and the improbable, phenomenal comeback of one of the greatest golfers in history.
New York Times bestselling author Curt Sampson details the highs and lows of Woods’ career in four gripping acts. Beginning with his stunning arrival at the 1997 Masters and culminating with his dramatic, come-from-behind victory to secure his fifth green jacket, Sampson traces Tiger's extraordinary arc to include his startling loss at the 2009 PGA Championship, his detrimental obsession with his swing, his innumerable injuries, and the infamous late-November night involving a furious ex-wife and a nine-iron. Featuring exclusive interviews with past instructors, caddies, notable golf scribes, Augusta locals, and PGA tour peers, and gleaning insight from valuable secondary sources, Roaring Back places Tiger's comeback in context with the greatest in golf's rich history.
In the end, Roaring Back finds the forty-four-year-old golfer alone on Augusta's eighteenth green as he achieves victory against all odds. As this enthralling book reveals, Tiger Woods never doubted the perseverance of the winner he saw in the mirror. Read it to find out how.
In this stirring assessment of Tiger Woods, Sampson (The Masters) takes readers through the golfer's life. Structured by significant moments in Woods's career the legendary 1997 Masters tournament; the 2009 PGA Championship loss to Y.E. Yang and Woods's car accident months later; his stunning 2019 Masters victory the biography incisively captures the famously inscrutable Woods. Throughout, Sampson weaves snippets of his interviews with Woods along with examples of how the golfer rebuilt his career, such as by hiring golf instructor Sean Foley ("a kettle of fish of a different color... he spoke biomechanics, not Hogan catch-phrases" and listened to rap music), and prepared himself before practice Woods sometimes waking "at a quarter to four" to prepare for early tee times, an especially arduous task for his aching body. Sampson also provides insights into the early years of Woods's career, discussing his reluctance to accept the role of "Ambassador of his Race" while also acknowledging father Earl Woods's determination that his son not face the "racial injustice" he had in his youth. Perhaps most striking, Sampson writes with eloquence about Woods's recent triumph at the Masters, the culmination of his years of recovery, and how the 2019 victory at age 43 "tapped into our intense and undying interest in tales of redemption." This is a must-read for Woods's fans and casual golfers alike. Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly noted Tiger Woods's age when won the 2019 Masters.