Tiger Woods: 12 of the greatest sporting comebacks

Tiger Woods victory at the US Masters yesterday has been hailed as one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time.

Monday, 15th April 2019, 1:56 pm
Updated Monday, 15th April 2019, 2:29 pm
Tiger Woods celebrates after holing the putt that clinched the US Masters.
Tiger Woods celebrates after holing the putt that clinched the US Masters.

But where does this stand alongside other incredible sporting miracles? Here we look back at 12 of the greatest comebacks in history…

After being diagnosed with cancer, French footballer underwent a liver transplant in 2012 and remarkably managed to continue his footie career. Returned to the Barcelona squad to lift the 2011 Champions League.
3-0 down at half-time in the Champions League final in Istanbul, Steven Gerrard's header was the catalyst for a remarkable fightback as Liverpool pulled it back to 3-3 before going on to win on penalties.

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The Scots remarkably fought back from 31-0 down to lead 31-38 in this Six Nations clash. A late England try denied Gregor Townsend's men a famous victory at Twickenham but the 38-38 draw ensured they retained the Calcutta Cup.
Europe were trailing 10-6 heading into the singles matches on the final day. It looked certain to be a US victory, instead Europe won 8 of the 12 singles matches and halved the other retaining the Cup, winning 13.5 to 14.5.
Boxer returned to the ring a decade after retiring and staged a successful comeback against the odds, winning his second world heavyweight title in his 1994 fight against Michael Moorer in Las Vegas at the age of 45.
Burned badly and near death after inhaling toxic fumes in 1976, the F1 driver returned to win the Italian Grand Prix six weeks later and then the World Championship the following year.
Arguably the most iconic match in the history of darts. Barney trailed 3-1, pulled it back to 3-3, then went 5-3 down before winning the match against the greatest darts player of all time in his prime.
April 29, 1985 is etched in snooker folklore. At 12.19am, with 18.5 million people watching, Dennis Taylor completed the greatest comeback in Crucible history to beat Steve Davis on the final black, having been 8-0 down.
Down 28-3 in Super Bowl 51, the New England Patriots pulled off the greatest comeback in American football history by outscoring the Atlanta Falcons 31-0 from the 3rd quarter through overtime.
Had a near death experience in 1993 when she was stabbed in the back by a court invader. She didnt return to the game for two years and in 1996 she lifted the Australian Open the 10th and final slam of her career.
After refusing to join the US army in 1966, Ali was exiled from the sport for four years. He wasnt given much hope on his return, but scored an eighth round knockout against George Foreman to reclaim the world heavyweight crown.
The golf superstar won his fifth Masters to claim his first major in 11 years. The triumph completed a remarkable comeback following years of surgeries and personal problems that convinced many he would never win another major.