May. 15, 2019
Thank You Tiger
In 2008, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The man is laboring through 91 holes with a torn ACL and two fractures in his leg. In yet, Tiger was still in the lead. I'm watching him going through so much pain and making every shot. There was so much excitement in the air, you could feel it through the TV screen. Tiger was proving what we have known my entire childhood, he was the best. It takes a Sudden Death Playoff for Tiger to finally put his competition away and win the US Open. None of us knew what events would lie ahead for him, we all assumed he would come back after surgery and dominate as always. But we were wrong.
In the coming months and years, stories started to surface. Tiger wasn't the man we all thought he was. He got caught up in a sex scandal, got divorced, and had substance abuse problems. Tiger Woods is a flawed individual, just like we all are. I'm not here to defend him because what I believe he did was wrong. In yet, I still pull for him in every major he's in.
Tiger was the most dominant athlete of my childhood. You couldn't help but cheer for him. I couldn't tell you about any other golfer that played during his dominant run other than Phil Mickelson. Tiger has gone through so many surgeries since 2008 and two years ago he could barely walk. He has never been the same, he wasn't able to compete at points. But yesterday, he was back! The Tiger I watched as a kid, was on the prowl again for the Green Jacket. I had one problem...my girlfriend and I were at the movies. I was coy about things, making sure I got the updates on my phone. Then about half way through the movie, Tiger was on 18 and on the verge of winning. I couldn't miss it, it's Tiger. I went to the bathroom and turned it on my phone. Right when I got the video going, Tiger sank his final putt and I let out a big cheer. I'm not even going to lie, I had a tear come to my eye. The dominant athletes of my childhood are gone, Derek Jeter and Kobe Bryant retired long ago. Tiger winning brought me back to my childhood and the feeling of nostalgia was in the air. It's been a long road back. Yesterday, was special for a generation of us, who knows when or if we'll feel this way again. Reminded us that no matter how far we have fallen, we can always get back up.
Congratulations on the Masters win and thank you Tiger for making me feel like a kid once again.