Blog 3: Tiger is Legend!
Posted on June 17, 2008 by
you thought you had seen Tiger Woods at his best, he pulls a performance that
will be talked about for ages. Crippled
with pain. Too far behind to be a
factor. He had been written off numerous
times. There was no way he could
contend. He just would not win this
tournament. But, guess what? Win the U.S. Open is what Tiger Woods did, on
Monday, after playing 91 holes of golf in so much pain, I took a Tylenol for
Now, I’m not a big golf fan. In fact, I spent most of my life condemning
the activity as the sport of wusses. Then,
I spent Saturday morning butchering a round of golf at a charity
fundraiser. I figured it was for a good
cause. ‘Cause I was awful! When I got home that afternoon, I was too
tired to do anything but collapse on the sofa and turn on the tube. The sight of Tiger doing his best to contend,
though in obvious pain, was too compelling for me to turn away. So I watched, and I watched, and I watched,
on into the night.
His performance was reminiscent
of Isiah Thomas’ performance in the 1988 NBA finals, in which, hobbling on a
fractured ankle, Thomas scored an NBA finals record 25 points in the fourth
quarter. Unfortunately, some jive ref
made a call, to send Kareem Abdul Jabbar to the free throw line to sink in the
tying and winning points, ending what was about to become a made-for-Hollywood
story of utter determination. So, 20
years later, Tiger rewrites the script.
Tiger hit shots befitting of
Superman. A 60 foot putt for eagle that
had my mother-in-law doing fist pumps. A
chop from the rough that had no business dropping in the hole, but it did. Followed by a 40 foot put for eagle. The television ratings were going through the
roof, as everyone everywhere was in disbelief.
My wife pointedly asked me, “why are you watching golf”? Two hours later, she was still watching with
Whenever it seemed like he had
fallen too far back to catch up, he found a way to get back in it. Twice, he had to birdie the final hole to
stay in contention. And, each time he
did what he had to do. Kudos too, to
Rocco Mediate. He took Tiger to the
limit. The two were going at it like Ali
and Frazier in one of their historic prize fights. But, after 91 holes there could be only one
winner. The legend of Tiger lives on.