Tiger Woods has done more for the world of golf since 1997 than basically all other golfers combined. Fans like myself have missed him, dreaming of the day he returns and is competitive with today’s younger stars.
It looks like (knock on wood) our wish has come true! After a hiatus that basically began in 2009 and culminated in retirement chatter in late 2017, Tiger Woods is back! For real this time. After a T-2 at the 2018 Valspar Championship in March 2018 expectations are through the roof. And for good reason!
Tiger hit the ball so well at the Valspar and got very few breaks. At least a half-dozen chips nearly went in. Double that number of putts burned the edge. Numerous Par 5s were not dominated as they likely will be next time. Had Tiger gotten a break or two he could have won the Valspar by 3 or 4 shots, or more!
The Official World Golf Rankings list Tiger as #149 in the world after his T-2 at Valspar Championship, a number that both fans and critics of the
god superstar are clinging to. I for one think it’s impressive considering he was as low as 1,199 not too long ago.
But I must point out that these rankings are incredibly flawed! Tiger Woods is not the #149 golfer in the world. Tiger Woods is the #1 golfer in the world!
I don’t care what some point system tells me. I care what my eyes and brain tell me. And after watching every shot of every round Tiger has played this year my eyes and my brain tell me that there’s no one on Earth I’d rather have golfing in my corner.
Let’s have a one on one contest where we each pick a present day golfer to play a round for us to the death! Give me the first pick and here’s how it’s going to go:
Nick, instantly: “Tiger Woods”.
Who are you going to pick?! Sure there is plenty of talent out there. Not just talent, either. Insanely good talent! But behind all of that talent is a human being. And that human being is not Tiger Woods. That human being does not have 79 wins or 14 majors. That human being has not routinely competed under the highest of pressure.
Plainly said, that human being in a one on one match with today’s Tiger Woods, would be an underdog.
Now, let’s say you have the first pick, but you got to read this essay before picking.
Who do you pick?!?!