I told you so. . . .

In my post of March 11, 2018 (“He’s Back“), I shared my elan for Tiger Woods.  And I predicted that he would make a come back. Well Pilgrims. . . . fasten your seat belts. He’s back.  Big time.  Tiger won the Tour Championship this last weekend. And he missed winning all the marbles in the FEDEX Cup Championship by one stroke (a birdie on the 18th by Justin Rose gave him the title).

As I mentioned in that earlier post (and one on January 31, 2013), Tiger is the best thing golf has ever seen.  Last Sunday, did  you see the crowd following him!!??  Did you hear the cheering?  Did you sense the spirit for the game?  In the post-win interview, Tiger laughed that he thought he was going to be “run over.”   And that’s the way that some of Tiger’s competition felt (witness Rory’s sheer drop from second place). 

Tiger is 42 years old.  And still has tournaments to win.  On to the Ryder Cup!  Spend five minutes and 42 seconds and watch – Tiger’s greatest shots (see  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2AvRfxgpL4   ).   And then spend two minutes on  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpRmF__A33U   OH MY!!!  

      

He’s Back. . . . .

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. . . . 

Tiger

Say what you will about Tiger Woods, in my opinion, he has been good for the game of golf. Make that great for the game of golf. While we all might criticize or condemn the actions which led to his fall from grace, it is not a distraction from the 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 an 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. . . .