Shaking in their Spikes

Posted: February 27, 2009 by Michael Leess in POP - pop culture
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Dont worry Tiger, youll see her in a few days.

Don't worry Tiger, you'll see her in a few days.

After arthroscopic knee surgery and months of rehab, Tiger Woods is back on the links this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.  Let it be noted, first of all, that the eight-month sabbatical Woods took is well over his doctors’ original timeframe for recovery.  I can’t say I blame the guy for taking the extra time off, though.  Have you seen his wife?  I rest my case.

However, it’s hard for me to say that I’m excited to see him return to competition.  On one hand, he’s pretty much the Jesus of the golf world.  As a (very) amateur golfer myself, and one who spends about 70 percent of my time on the course cussing the ball, my clubs, and my terrible luck, I can appreciate how amazingly consistent Tiger is with a golf club in his hands.  Hell, he won this year’s US Open in playoff holes and in comeback fashion – all on one leg.

I guess the positive part of Tiger’s extended hiatus (for the rest of the golfers, at least) was the fact that it seemed to make the Tour events of the following eight months seem like they were back to a level playing field.  Other players could no longer excuse their own less-than-spetacular play with such dumb post-match comments as, “Well, Jim, there really wasn’t much I could do…I mean, we’re all up against the greatest player in the world right now.”  The focus of the media, spectators, and even the European-accented commentators shifted away from how amazing Tiger is, to how stiff the competition became after Tiger was gone.  I feel like everybody suddenly felt like they had an equal shot at winning an event without the “greatest in the world” staring down at them from the top of the leaderboard.

Now, I’m not trying to take anything away from the man.  He’s one of the most talented/blessed/hardworking athletes in the world.  The mere mention of his first name alone draws association with golf, and he has inspired many individuals of generations X and Y, including myself, to pull themselves away from Gears of War and hit the links for a couple hours for a little sun and exercise.  I just think that Woods may be getting just a little too much credit when his mere presence becomes an excuse for his peers, who I’d expect to have a little more confidence in their own skill.

By the way, other PGA golfers: Tiger won only three of the 26 PGA events in 2008 before he left after the US Open.  Stop whining.  Just keep your eye on the ball–that’s hard enough as it is.

~ Michael Leess

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  1. Katie says:

    Great blog and hope to have some time soon to come back and read more!

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