Three of the Most Inspiring Returns in Golf History

Oftentimes, a career can be cut short in sports for one unfortunate reason of another. Whether it is an illness, and injury or some other awful event, players can often never regain their previous glory after returning from their ailment. However, that is not the case with these three golfers on this list. These three people came back from insurmountable odds to not only compete, but have massive amounts of success after what many thought was the ends of their careers.

1. Babe Zaharias

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(source: natedsanders.com)


In the extremely early days of the LPGA tour, think of Babe Zaharias as the Tiger Woods of her era. She was almost bigger than the sport and also won the Grand Slam of Golf in 1950. Unfortunately for her and the rest of the golfing world, Zaharias was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1953. She had surgery to remove her colon in the same year but actually made her return to the tour in 1954. Not only did she return, she dominated and won five times that year, only a year after invasive surgery. She passed away two years later.

2. J.B Holmes

(source: dailymail.co.uk)

(source: dailymail.co.uk)

Prior to the 2011 season, J.B Holmes was a fixture on the PGA tour. Unfortunately,  during the same year, Holmes underwent brain surgery to address various balance issues. He made his return a year later, which was already a huge feat as it is not easy to come back after a procedure like that. While he went without a win his first two years back, by 2014, he was rising up the ranks. Holmes ended up winning a tournament in 2014 and actually finished tied for fourth at the recent 2016 Masters Tournament, which netted him a cool $413,000.

3. Ben Hogan

(source: dailydsports.com)

(source: dailydsports.com)

Hogan is considered one of the best golfers of all time, has nine major championships to his name and is noted for his amazing swing and ball striking ability. His return is the stuff of legends and it really is shocking he was able to be as good as he was. Hogan not only survived a head on collision with a bus, but he was able to return and win again. Only a few years after suffering a broken collarbone, pelvice fractures, broken ribs and more, Hogan would go on to win 5 more majors including all three he played in during the 1953 season. The fact he was able to come back is impressive enough but to win that much during his comeback is truly special.

 



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