SOUTH HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. – Bob Wolfenden did not imply to put on the identical pink as Tiger Woods did in his return to the Masters, however the single-digit handicapper from Lehigh County takes it as a superb signal.
“It is a terrific weekend,” stated Wolfenden, “and it is even higher this yr with Tiger coming again.”
As Wolfenden takes a tune-up lesson at Sittler Golf in South Heidelberg Township, he and golfers all over the place are watching to see what Tiger does in his return.
“Not solely do the opposite gamers really feel it, however the followers,” stated Wolfenden. “It’ll be loopy.”
It is a exceptional comeback for the 15-time main winner coming off a brutal, single-car crash in February 2021 the place he suffered a severe leg harm.
“[Tiger’s leg] may have been amputated, he may have by no means been on this state of affairs,” stated Ryan Kline, a golf skilled at Sittler Golf.
Quick ahead 14 months, Tiger is again on the prowl, and it is bought golf shops buzzing. Some name it, ‘The Tiger Impact.’
“We actually see the hype and what he is sporting, you understand, folks shopping for that product within the store,” stated Kline.
Whereas the Tiger Impact is actually an actual factor, the sport of golf has been doing fairly properly in his absence from the course. Golf execs right here say that reputation of the sport of golf skyrocketed throughout the pandemic.
“It was only a increase,” stated Kline. “People who weren’t taking part in golf bought into golf, and folks that have not performed golf in years are getting again into it.”