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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsLife is a game of Snakes and Ladders; sometimes you move up and sometimes you are back to square one in the most brutal fashion. But the secret lies in learning from your failures to rewrite your success. This particular strength of character was shown by none other than the controversial golfer Tiger Woods, who made a prolific comeback to the top of the pile, over the weekend. He ended his 11-year major title drought by winning his fifth Masters title at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday. A valiant two-under 70 clinched a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele that earned the veteran the glory. The story of Woods, who hugged his father Earl after his long-due win, is nothing short of dramatic. He also cherished the opportunity to scoop his son Charlie into his arms after winning his 'Fifth Green Jacket' almost 14 years after his last. Tiger Woods has won the Masters. His 81st PGA TOUR win. His 15th major title. His 5th green jacket.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/xC8165hypE — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 14, 2019 "Prior to this comeback", Woods had said, "they only knew that golf caused me a lot of pain". The 43-year-old champion has been broken in so many ways but a moment with Charlie, the ensuing embrace of his mother Kultida and then of Sam, was telling of the soulful eventual glory. Astonishingly, when Woods won his 14 major championships - changing golf as he did so - his son wasn't even born, and his daughter was less than a year old for the last. And now, when he broke through for a historic 15th, they joined him, ecstatic, on a Sunday that reshaped golf again. © Reuters In his professional career of 23 years, Woods has been through a whole lot of controversies. Beginning in 2005, when he started having knee troubles, to later being accused of having an extra-marital affair with a nightclub worker, it was just where the tide began to turn. Later in February 2010, the golfer lost many promotion deals, including those of General Motors and Gatorade. He made an apology, not only to his wife (whom he divorced earlier in the year) but to the world following this incident. “I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to,” he stated. “I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me.” “I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have far – didn't have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish.” He also stated that he enrolled in therapy programs to address such issues. With his back against the wall, Woods was just an inch away from one thing, and that was going to jail, which he later did when he was involved in a car accident in November 2009. Following a spinal surgery, in 2017, Woods was on a heavy dose of medications which made him drowsy the entire day. Later that year, Woods was arrested again for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. Woods told the police that he was in recovery from the surgery. When the police arrested him, the golfer was allegedly asleep, with the car's engine running and standing still in the middle of traffic. Woods said that he did not realise that the prescription drugs he was taking would affect his sleep patterns. However, he later agreed to complete the out-of-state intensive program that addressed his ways of handling his pain and his medications. Despite going through all the ups and downs in his life, pure determination brought Woods back into the limelight and placed him where he is today. This triumph brought back the talks of Woods making a run at Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors. And especially, after a beaming Woods slipped on his fifth Green Jacket, he will be aware that Sunday's win has brought him tantalisingly close to another Nicklaus record – that of six Augusta titles. With a hope that the Tiger roars again, we wish that he achieves all the glory forthcoming his way.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsRetirement for an athlete is not an easy thing to cope with. For someone who's used to spending the majority of his day on the field, even the idea of days without engaging in the game they love so dearly, can be quite upsetting. Stories of athletes trying to get over depression after retiring are often published and gives us an insight into the person's psyche. A lot of thought goes into retirement and to announce it to the public can be agonising. While, generally, when a player retires it means a complete goodbye, but there are some resilient stars who just can't seem stay away from all the action and make a surprising comeback after announcing after their official retirement. Here are the most famous ones: 1. Shahid Afridi: © Reuters This man has moved in and out of retirement more than Vin Diesel has spoken about 'family' throughout the 'Fast And The Furious' franchise. After retiring from Test cricket in early in 2006, Afridi joined Pakistan's Test cricket roster as the skipper in 2010. He quit from international cricket after losing to India during the World Cup in 2011 but came back within 5 months. He thought of retiring again in 2012 to give way to the younger lot but opted against it anyway. He then announced that he will say goodbye after the 2016 T20 World Cup, but decided against it after finding his form while finally announcing his final retirement in 2017. There is no debating the fact that Afridi is a great player but come on man, give us a break! 2. Zinedine Zidane © Reuters The 1998 FIFA World Cup winner and titled the 'FIFA Player of the Year' thrice (1998, 2000 and 2003), France's football legend decided to call it quits from international football after being ousted in the 2004 EURO Cup. Skip ahead two years in the future and the French football team found themselves staring at the face of elimination from the qualifying round of FIFA World Cup in 2006. Upon being requested by the then manager, Raymond Domenech, like a superhero, Zidane came to France's rescue and made his post-retirement comeback. Completely re-energised, Zidane not only prevented the team from not making it to the qualifying round but also led them to the World Cup final. He was also awarded the Golden Ball for his historical comeback and being the best performer during the tournament. 3. Imran Khan: © Reuters After bidding adieu into retirement, Pakistan's Imran Khan happened to meet a fortune teller who lived in a small village a few kilometres west of the Indo-Pak border. Following a brief interaction, 'Baba Chala' - the fortune teller told the ex-cricketer: 'It is the will of Allah, you are still in the game.'” as mentioned in Peter Oborne's 'Wounded Tiger'. Even after the numerous pleadings made by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the Pathan's return, Khan declined all rumours of returning to the field but when the Pakistani President, General Zia ul Haq requested Khan to come back to the sport as a personal favour, he had to agree. In what can be considered as one of the finest games played by the cricketer with the persona of a rockstar, Irfan Khan dominated the mighty Windies team and achieved an 11-wicket haul in Guyana to defeat them, despite having an infected toe. What makes this feat special is the fact that Pakistan's win over the Windies was the first time in the past 10 years that Viv Richard's men had lost a match on their own soil. 4. Michael Jordan © Reuters Michael Jordan is considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. 'His Airness' retired for the first time in an odd situation in 1993 to make a career in major league baseball after winning three consecutive NBA championships for the Chicago Bulls. Eventually returning to the game that made his name a brand, Jordan rejoined the Bulls two years later and won three more consecutive titles along with making the then-record for the most number of wins during a single regular season (72 wins). After announcing his second retirement in 1999, Jordan hung around with the Washington Wizards for two seasons between 2001 and 2003 before finally calling it off for good.