Tiger Woods: He Saved His Best for Last

Michael HicksSenior Analyst IJune 19, 2008


Tiger gave us his most memorable performance we'll ever see; winning the U.S. Open on one leg.

He saved his best for last.

Tiger will miss the rest of the year with ACL surgery. There are two major championships and the Ryder Cup left, but without Tiger, it won’t be must-see TV.

His absence will give other players the chance to step up and win, but without Tiger it will be like playing in a JV game.

His dad once said, "You will never meet anyone as mentally tough as you." If big Earl could see his boy now.

When told he would need at least another three weeks to rest the knee and the stress fracture, Woods response was one of a champion,

 "I'm playing in the U.S. Open and I'm going to win."

Woods put his name up with Kurt Gibson and Willis Reed, he called his shot and he backed it upgoing 91 holes to do it.

"You just keep going," Woods said Monday of his mind-set. "And there's no finish line."

We may never see Tiger be Tiger again. He is 32 and this is his fourth knee surgery of his career.

He says he will be 100 percent by the Masters. I would never count him out, but will he be 100 percent Tiger?

The stress his 100 mph swing puts on his left knee isn't going to change much.

He has changed his swing once and he will have to do it again, but he can't completely spare the knee from abuse.

He needs five more Majors to pass Jack and we all know he wants that record.

Save all the memories we have of Tiger pumping his fist after an eagle. Don't forget how he not only just won golf tournaments, he dominated them.

He will go down as the greatest golfer ever, but he is much more than that. He changed a sport. He took golf into the 21st century.

We are fortunate to have seen a master at his sport, a player that transcended the game of golf. I would not bet against this guy to come back from this, but will he be the same?