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General: Five Greatest Sporting Comebacks

Tiger Woods admitted earlier this week that he will "never" play full-time golf again as a result of the car accident he suffered earlier this year, but the 15-time major winner does still intend to feature on the PGA Tour in a limited capacity.

The 45-year-old will have to pick and choose which events he enters from now on and he has indicated that he would like to feature at next year's Open Championship at St Andrews, with two of his three previous Open successes having come on the Old Course.

It would certainly be no surprise to see Woods stage a remarkable comeback, as he has previous for doing so, returning from multiple back surgeries to claim his 15th major title at the 2019 Masters - 11 years on from his 14th success.

That has to rank as one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time, but if Woods were to return to win another major, that would surely be even more unprecedented - the Californian is 50/1 to win next year's Open Championship.

Woods would certainly be worthy on any list of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time, but we have taken a look at five other times when an individual or a team has bounced back from the brink to claim what had seemed an unlikely victory.

Boxing: George Foreman

George Foreman is one of the most recognisable heavyweight boxers of all time, having enjoyed a career that spanned three decades and saw him become a two-time world champion in his division, as well as picking up an Olympic gold medal at the 1968 Games in Mexico City.

'Big George' was also involved in some of the most infamous heavyweight bouts of all time, including claiming his first world title with a second-round knockout of the previously undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973 and his loss to Muhammad Ali in the iconic 'Rumble in the Jungle' the following year.

Foreman retired from boxing in 1977 following a loss to Jimmy Young, but he staged a remarkable comeback a decade later and went on to gain his second world title, aged 45, by knocking out Michael Moorer to clinch the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles in 1994.

The now 72-year-old retained his IBF title the following year and, in doing so, became the oldest world heavyweight champion in history, while also solidifying what was surely one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time.

Football: 2005 UEFA Champions League Final

The 2005 Champions League final appeared to be meandering towards a routine victory for AC Milan over Liverpool in Istanbul, with I Rossoneri leading 3-0 at the break thanks to an early strike from Paolo Maldini and a Hernan Crespo brace.

Liverpool looked like a beaten team as they trooped down the tunnel at the interval, but the second half was a different story, as the Reds incredibly drew level at 3-3 within 15 minutes of the restart through Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso.

That was the end of the scoring and the match went to penalties where Liverpool held their nerve to prevail 3-2 on spot-kicks, with goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek producing heroics to deny Milan trio Serginho, Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko.

Dudek's save from Shevchenko completed arguably the greatest comeback ever seen in a major European final, with Liverpool fans left celebrating the 'Miracle of Istanbul' as well as what was at the time their fourth European Cup/Champions League success.

Snooker: Stephen Hendry vs Jimmy White - 1992 World Snooker Championship final

Jimmy White was the nearly man of the World Snooker Championship, reaching six finals between 1984-94 but never landing the sport's top prize.

The Whirlwind never came closer to being crowned world champion than in 1992 when he led Stephen Hendry 14-8 in the final, needing just four frames to claim victory.

Hendry, who had previously won his first world title in 1990, had other ideas, reducing the arrears to 14-9 before pinching the final frame of the session by potting an astonishing brown.

The Scot returned for the evening session with a determined steel about him, clinching the 25th frame of the match on the black ball before blowing White away with some majestic break building, as he reeled off 10 straight frames to win the championship 18-14.

That was the second of Hendry's world titles and perhaps the catalyst that saw him go on to claim five more successes over the following seven years.

Golf: Nick Faldo - 1996 Masters

If White was the perennial nearly man of snooker, then Greg Norman would be the golfing equivalent, with the Australian spending 331 weeks at the top of the world rankings during the 1980s and 90s, while he also regularly challenged for major titles, but he ultimately only won the two at the Open Championships of 1986 and 1993.

Norman undoubtedly should have won more major titles, not least at the 1996 Masters where he held a six-shot lead heading into the final round at Augusta.

Englishman Nick Faldo had other ideas, however, producing a near-perfect final round of 67 to put the pressure on Norman, who wilted in the sunshine, signing for a score of 78 that saw him finish five strokes behind his rival, who completed a remarkable 11-shot swing on the final day.

The success was the sixth and final major title of Faldo's career and further underlined his status as one of the greatest golfers of all time.

Athletics: Lasse Viren - 1972 Olympics

Arguably the greatest individual sporting comeback in history was staged by Finnish long-distance runner Lasse Viren at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

The then 23-year-old was competing in the 10,000m final and his chances of winning a medal appeared to be over when he fell on the 12th lap of the race following a tangle with Emiel Puttemans.

Viren lost 20 metres on the leading pack following the incident, but he remarkably was not only able to recover, but he went on to win gold and in doing set a new world record time of 27:38:40 - which is still the fastest time ever recorded for the 10,000m at Munich's Olympiastadion.

That victory was the first part of a double success for Viren at the 1972 Games, as he also claimed gold in the 5,000m, before going on to successfully defend both titles four years later in Montreal.

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