Tiger Woods is on top again. The last time he won a major, Obama was running for his first term as president, “Breaking Bad” had just started its first season, and “Low” by Flo Rida ft. T-Pain was the best performing single in the world.
So, you can say it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the signature Sunday red donned by Woods at a meaningful tournament. But this past Master’s, we got to see the Woods that was once considered the most dominant golfer in the world and maybe ever.
As someone who never got to really appreciate him when he was at his peak, I am grateful for the opportunity to watch him now.
But part of what made this victory so special to watch is the path he had to take to get here. His journey back to the top is one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. It’s an inspirational story of human triumph.
Of course, it also doesn’t erase all the horrible things that Woods has done in his lifetime. No amount of success will ever erase those headlines of his cheating on his wife. It won’t erase the divorce, his rehab, or his DUI. They will forever be a part of his story.
But those things don’t make this story any less incredible. He came back from three back surgeries, a torn ACL, and all those negative headlines listed above to win one of golf’s greatest tournaments. And he didn’t just win, he won in typical Tiger Woods fashion when most pundits and analysts would have said he’d never win another major.
For four days, the whole world, not just the sports world, was watching what one man was going to do in Augusta, Georgia. Sports have the ability to, for a small amount of time, captivate the world unlike anything else out there. And no one is more capable of proving that fact than Woods, the man who makes golf one of the most exciting sports out there.
The Monday after his win, everyone went back to their humdrum daily life, but the magic of those four days didn’t leave their minds.
He affected everyone who watched him. The image of him hugging his son, in the same way he hugged his late father after his first Master’s victory, is one of the most powerful images I’ve seen. And I know I’m not the only one who was rooting for him or affected by his victory.
Twitter was blowing up about his victory. Instagram was blowing up about his victory. Even Facebook was going nuts about it. Everywhere I turned, there were posts, news articles, people talking about it. I couldn’t escape it. Everyone was talking about Tiger Woods.
It’s been 11 long years, but folks, Tiger Woods is back and ready to capture the attention of fans everywhere.