On January 31, 2013, I posted the following. . . .
Say what you will about Tiger Woods In my opinion, he has been good for the game of golf. No – make that outstanding for the game of golf. While some criticize or condemn the actions which led to his fall from grace, to me it’s not a distraction from the sheer greatness of his golf game. Tiger’s exploits on the links are legendary. His prowess with wedge and putter has spurred tens of thousands of young people into the game. His success over the years sparked a major uptick in rounds played. And he has a foundation that provides palpable benefit. . . . .
On any Sunday afternoon when Tiger is in the hunt, what red-blooded golfer doesn’t at least turn a weather eye toward the television? I was there on the big screen 50 yard line watching Tiger win his 8th at Torrey Pines on Sunday. Wow! Sure Phil, Rory, Bubba and others play a role. But I think it’s still Tiger who draws the crowds. And he’s got a few years left. . . .
Fast forward five years. Rounds played in America are down. Courses are closing. And some still criticize Tiger. But doggonit – Tiger was in the hunt two weeks ago and he is in second place at the Valspar as I write this piece (where attendance is up 35%!). I want Tiger back. I want Tiger to win. And frankly — so should every serious golfer. . . .