SPORT TALK: Welcome back, Tiger

Back to his best: Tiger Woods. Photo by Charlie Riedel
Back to his best: Tiger Woods. Photo by Charlie Riedel
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THERE are few finer sporting spectacles than seeing Tiger Woods in full flow – and that was just one of the abiding memories of a stunning US Masters over the weekend.

Love him or loathe him, the American is still the biggest draw in the game of golf. His return to form, which included a trademark rally on the final day, was simply electrifying.

The only surprise was that he didn’t get his hands on a fifth Green Jacket.

But it was another vital step in his golfing rehabilitation, following a year that has quite literally seen him go from hero to zero.

So welcome back Tiger, I for one have missed you.

Charl Schwartzel’s surprise win aside, the other major story to come out of Augusta was the sad implosion of Rory McIlroy.

After leading for the first three days, it was hard to watch the Northern Irishman blow up in front of the entire world on his final round.

But at just 21 years of age, he’s one of a number of top young talents in the game. The future of golf is certainly in good hands.

•IN great contrast to Woods and Co, Fernando Torres really is having a hard time of it at Chelsea.

On current form, the £50m Spanish striker would struggle to get in the Spalding United team.

Even as an Everton fan, I’ve begrudgingly admired ‘El Nino’ throughout his career – which was particularly tough when he was a hero at Liverpool.

It’s hard to comprehend just how bad Torres has been this season. Back in 2008 he was comfortably the top forward in the world and over the past five years he’s been the most prolific and feared Premier League hitman bar non.

Being hauled off after 45 minutes of Chelsea’s Champions League exit at Old Trafford on Tuesday night was a new low for the World Cup winner.

The national press have been particularly scathing of his performances, but I fully expect Torres to be back to his best come next season.

After all, class – unlike form – is permanent.

•WHILE Torres and his team were toiling at Old Trafford, myself and acting deputy editor Nigel Chapman checked out the biggest local football clash of the week – Moulton Harrox v Pinchbeck United.

And we weren’t alone. A sizeable crowd surrounded Moulton’s Harrox Field to see the two perennial rivals slug it out.

Despite freezing conditions and a lingering stench of manure filtering through from a nearby field, it really was a cracking game.

Pinchbeck ran out 4-1 winners in a game that was closer than the score suggests.

With a plethora of good local talent on show, the fixture proves that fans will turn out in force to support players from this area.

Both sides – who meet again before the season’s conclusion – can still get their hands on silverware in what promises to be an exciting end to the campaign.