In many ways, just about the good and the bad and everything in between, Tiger Woods has transformed itself into the most compelling sports story of them all. Yes. He really has. Now he’s back. re. He’s back. re. People know how he got here, and that means all the good and the bad and everything in between. But they don’t really care, the way they didn’t care how their car ended up at the bottom of the hill last year. all they care about is that is Still here. That story continues against all odds for another Masters weekend.
“It’s beyond imagination,” said a producer friend of mine on Friday. “This is the Bible.”
When Woods came back to win the 2019 Masters, another major title without one for more than a decade, when he came back from his fall from his public outcry and all of his surgeries, you heard it was the biggest Was a return to golf history, such as Ben Hogan coming back after his car was hit by a trailway bus to play the best golf of his career, by no means counting as it did almost 70 years ago , and it did not happen in Tiger Forest.
But now Woods has also added a ruined car to this wonderful story, a wrecked car not too far from Hollywood as he tries to write another Hollywood ending. They pulled him out of the car and they saved his leg and now he is in Augusta after 13 months. This is the reason why he looks bigger than all the other contemporary and iconic sports stars. All of them. Bigger than Michael or LeBron or even Tom Brady, who recently made a bit of news of his own, and who stunned the world by winning his seventh Super Bowl at the age of 43.
This week, before making the first tee on Thursday, rounding up 1-under on his feet, Woods was treated like the greatest sports star we’ve had since Ali, retelling his comeback story. And then, ever since, he was stripped of his title for refusing to enter the draft and fight in Vietnam. But then again we’ve always been a sucker for that big guy who falls and gets back up.
Jack Nicklaus won his sixth Masters at age 46. That was 1986 and for almost a quarter century what seemed like Hollywood to all those at golf, until Tiger came back to win the ’19 Masters. So of course Tiger appears at 46 saying that he is there to win. Trying to be Nicklaus and Hogan all at once, on the same major.
“I’m where I want to be,” he said after shooting a 71 on Thursday, before following it up with a crazy, six-bogie 74 in Round 2.
He showed up in 1997 and stunned the world by running away with some golfing secretariat-like masters, winning it by 12 shots. By then Michael was leaving the stage and LeBron had not come. And now comes this thrilling kid, the golfer of color. He hadn’t just changed golf at the time. As if he had changed everything.
But he’s never been bigger than this week, going from telling us that playing it at this Masters was going to be a “game-time decision” before it was actually a game. He did his best three years ago for the ’86 Masters, still one for the ages. But he wanted more. They always do. Tom Brady still wants to be Tom Brady. Michael came back and played with the magicians. Ali was still fighting Trevor Berbick in 1981, when he was too old, and too much of a shot case. Why do you think Tiger Woods, despite everything that happened to him, has forgotten that he played a game where Tom Watson won another British Open at Turnberry at the age of 59? He did not. If he can continue to go around major courses, he’s going to be around.
No matter how painful his rehab after almost losing a leg, how much painstaking preparation work he has to do before and after each round, Woods still wants to breathe that air. He still wants to be Tiger Woods.
Whatever happened to him between his Open win at Torrey Pines with a broken leg and ’19 Masters’ will always be a part of his enduring history. But the way he ended up at the bottom of his driveway one Thanksgiving night, snoring when the police got there, has become a sidebar, the way rehab — for which we still don’t know — has become a sidebar. And driving under the influence is, and back in the day all women have become sidebars. Because he’s still here.
And all the surgeries he did before his car somehow ended up at the foot of the hill at 7 a.m. An epic amount of surgeries in a non-contact sport, they’re like vocals buried under a powerful instrument, A media roar and crowd roar have provided this week at Augusta, so sometimes you’d think the story was about an actual second coming.
Tiger Woods keeps on coming. We weren’t sure if he would ever win again, he was winning the Tour Championship back then. After that more surgery. Then the fifth green jacket. Again a car accident was never properly investigated or explained. Then he went all the way up the hill again. The falling star that rises back. We get it every time.
Jack has won more Majors. The way Tiger did not hold all the four major titles at the same time. Like Woods, he never ran with the Masters, British Open, US Open. Think about it: On three of the most prestigious courses in the world, Augusta and Pebble Beach and St. Andrews, Tiger Woods won three Majors with a total of 35 shots. We thought he was going to win at least 20 Majors. But it was the prophet Dan Jenkins who once said that the only thing that could stop him was hurt and a bad marriage.
Tiger was seen thinking about reaching 16 at Augusta this week. And the story got even bigger. You still don’t have to love him as he walked down Magnolia Lane as soon as it became The Masters. It’s still golf, which only feels like a mainstream sport when he’s playing it. Greatest story ever. Still being told.
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The Knicks are about to trick themselves into believing that some of these kids are better than they really are, wait and see.
Along the way he convinced himself after last season that his entire team was better than he really was.
My friend Stanton points out that if Bruce Arian was going to stump for his offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich, he probably should have done it before Todd Bowles got Arian’s old job with the Bucks.
You know who was at the Mets opener in Washington that night?
My man Mike Breen, Mets fan.
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Other than this:
Except what they sell there at 161st St.
What they sell year after year is a World Series or bust.
In an era when they no longer win their division, and do not go to the World Series, despite how much they spend on baseball players.
year after year.
This is the year Mike Trout makes it back in the postseason, right?
Always worth a reminder:
Three games later in his career for Trout.
A hit, which turned out to be a home run.
The Knicks must remember that Dr. Kyrie Irving said goodbye to them the other night.
I was in Los Angeles the last few days and, oh man, do you see a Dodgers cap wherever.
Not so much.
He is like the Will Smith of the basketball team.
Except that they kept slapping themselves until they were out of the playoffs.
Wait, now that baseball going to Apple TV and Amazon is going to be more of a sign of the apocalypse than second-place ghost runners in the extra innings?
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Haven’t you reached the “One Shining Moment” with Coach K yet?
What, too soon?