If you play a practice round of golf and almost nobody shows up, are you still the most famous golfer in the world?
Tiger Woods' epic fall continued this week in Australia. Two years after getting the rock star treatment from 15,000 fans on hand to watch him play a practice round before the 2009 Australian Masters, the former No. 1 golfer in the world was greeted by an shockingly low 250 fans at the same tournament, according to estimates.
Sky Sports reported on the 98.3 percent decline in Tiger's practice round gallery, following the golfer during his pro-am round in Sydney on Wednesday. In '09, Woods' appearance was called a circus by some, with news helicopters hovering over the course distracting fans and golfers alike.
Tiger told Reuters that he "absolutely" thinks he can dominate the golf world again, but it's going to take time. He then compared himself to the fastest man on Earth.
"If you're Usain Bolt, you don't just go out and run in world record time. It takes time, it takes training," Woods said. "Finally I'm able to do (that) and that's what's so exciting about these tournaments coming up as well as going into next year, I finally feel like I'm able to do that."
Woods, 35, divorced in 2010, giving ex-wife Elin Nordegren $100 million of his golf riches after a rapid personal spiral.
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