Tiger Woods and the European Ryder Cup team are among the nominees for the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards. The winners will be announced during the awards gala in Monaco on February 18.
Woods is nominated in the Laureus World Comeback of the Year category along with his former girlfriend, US ski-racing legend Lindsey Vonn. The other nominees are Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat, Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris and Dutch Paralympic snowboarder Bibian Mentel-Spee.
After a year’s absence because of spinal fusion surgery, Woods made a triumphant return to winning ways last year when he won the Tour Championship in September. He also finished second in the US PGA Championship and sixth in the British Open and was picked for the US Ryder Cup team.
Despite a broken right arm and back injury in 2017, Vonn came back to win a bronze medal in last year’s Winter Olympics in Korea. It was a personal triumph for Vonn who had missed the 2014 Games in Sochi with a knee injury.
The European Ryder Cup team will be vying for the Laureus World Team of the Year award with the French football World Cup team, NBA basketball’s Golden State Warriors, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, the Norwegian Winter Olympics team and Spanish football club Real Madrid.
Under captain Thomas Bjorn, Team Europe regained the coveted Ryder Cup with a comprehensive 17½ to 10½ win over a highly-fancied United States side at Le Golf National in Paris last August.
The nominees in each of eight categories are selected by a worldwide panel of media representatives while the winners are selected by the Laureus World Sports Academy, consisting of legends of world sport.
The Awards also provide a global platform for supporting the Laureus Sport for Good movement, showcasing the incredible work done to transform young lives worldwide. Each year, one example is recognised through the Laureus Sport for Good Award.
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