March 12, 2010
I am so happy Woods will be back on the course at Bay Hill. I have followed him extensively throughout his career starting back before his first Amateur.
He has provided me with countless thrills through the ages as my Pops and I watched and marveled at his ridiculous domination of the sport of Golf.
His U.S. Open win at Torrey Pines in 2008 was, for me, the greatest achievement in sporting history.
Now that he is scheduled to return, his final act will be his finest. In time, he will regain the support and adoration from fans and sponsors alike. I believe he will also finally grow up into the adult he was never before allowed to become, as he lived the first 33 plus years of his life in a bubble no one could fathom.
My heart broke in 1999 when I watched from the 16th green of Pinehurst No. 2, right before Stewart drained a miracle put, as Tiger missed a three-footer for a sand-save par on the short 17th three-par that cost him the U.S. Open.
I am a Phil M. man too but a Woods guy through and through. He is the one that always gives me the chills...in fact he is simply the one.
So I will say it now....Tiger wins all the majors this year as his grand slam run will be the biggest Media Blitz in televised sports' history.
And for all the haters: don't hate the player hate the game.....I know that is cliche but it is true. Tiger deserves a second chance. As for his misgivings in his personal life, I feel that they really are not public business and he did not owe anyone any apologizes except his family.
Did not Bill Clinton and JFK get second and third chances?? Oh and yeah they were Presidents of The United States of America. I also believe Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin participated in some heavy extra circular activities while being wed....and one has a monument in DC, the other is quoted more often than Lady Gaga and also has numerous statues made in his image....I believe, by the way, that all these aforementioned political luminaries (minus WJC) also have their faces on U.S. currency...
Micheal Jordan had infidelities in his marriage as well. So did Ali (in every single marriage he had besides his last/current one)...and look at them now....
So from one small town sports reporter I say to you Tiger Woods: Go out there and give them hell -- Play like you have never played before and prove why you are really "THE ONE". Shine so phenomenally bright that people remember exactly why they were so let down when all this unfortunate business came to light in the first place, and why they cared so much about what some "pro golfer" did in his private life....(I wonder how they would feel if the shoe was on the other foot but without the reversal of fame, fortune, humanitarianism and accolades)
Then once you transcend the sporting world like no other athlete before you has done or ever will do again, (including the way the "old you" did... the one who was a "playboy cheater")...well then, simply tell all those haters and hypocrites that still try to dog your stroll that they can go jump in some lake in Minnesota for all you care.