Tiger Woods completed a fairytale ending to the Masters on Sunday evening claiming a fifth green jacket and a 15th major title 11 years after his last.
More significantly, after years of problems on and off the course, the former No 1 defied the odds and silenced detractors to leave himself three short of Jack Nicklaus’ majors record.
But where does this stand alongside other incredible individual sporting achievements? i looks at five of the greatest comebacks in sporting history…
Monica Seles – 1996
One of the best players of her generation, the swashbuckling American had a near death experience in 1993.
Heading into a quarter-final tie against Magdalena Maleeva in Hamburg, Seles, who was then the top ranked player in the world, was stabbed in the back with a boning knifeby a pitch invader .
While her physical injuries only took a few weeks to heal, Seles didn’t return to the game for two years.
And in 1996 she lifted the Australian Open – the 10th and final slam of her career.
Muhammad Ali – 1974
Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee – Ali’s place among the pantheon of boxing greats is undisputed.
After refusing to join the US army in 1966, Ali was effectively exiled from the sport for four years.
Although he suffered the first defeat of his career in 1971 in the ‘Fight of the Century’ against Joe Frazier, Ali pulled off a marvellous victory three years later.
He wasn’t given much hope, but scored an eighth round knockout against George Foreman to reclaim the world heavyweight crown.
Niki Lauda – 1976
Many of us might have seen the film ‘Rush’ which encapsulated the rivalry between Lauda and British racing driver James Hunt.
Lauda appeared to be cruising towards a second world F1 title in 1976 title but his Ferrari careered off the tracks before exploding into flames.
Despite being trapped in the wreckage, Lauda was pulled out and suffered severe burns.
He was back behind the wheel 43 days later at the Italian Grand Prix and he scooped two more drivers’ championship titles before walking away from the sport.
Roger Federer – 2017
We couldn’t have a list without doffing our cap to Federer.
The Swiss legend has 20 slam titles to his name and is arguably the greatest male player ever to wield a racket.
After missing the last six months of the 2016 season with a knee injury, Federer ended his five-year drought at Melbourne Park by beating Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.
Federer has continued to astonish and he could play on into his forties.
Peyton Manning – 2016
Loved by many, Manning’s legendary status is undeniable.
After seeing his career almost end in 2011 after undergoing neck surgery, he was back out on the field a few years later.
And he was instrumental at Super Bowl, as he steered the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Source:: Daily times