I don't condone what Tiger Woods did by any means and I firmly believe that any apology isn't enough to make up for what he put his family through.
However, as a sports fan I am rooting for him.
I'm sure a lot of you are asking how can I support someone who completely failed as a role model and has more issues chasing him than Travis Henry has child support payments.
Well the answer is simple, I love watching great athletes. That is what sports is about, right? Watching men and women compete at elite levels against each other.
Tiger Woods isn't just any athlete. Just like LeBron James isn't just another basketball player. He is a once in a lifetime athlete. I'm not old enough to remember anything about Jack Nicklaus just like I'm too young to have watched and appreciated Michael Jordan.
I am old enough to have watched Tiger from the start. I've watched him go from the charismatic kid that was going to change golf to the buff, focused machine that had the golf world in the palm of his hand.
Every sport has great athletes, but it is extremely rare to find someone that changes the way we talk, watch, and analyze the sport. I don't need to go into how much he has dominated since joining the Tour and I don't need to remind you how insane it is that people routinely pick him against the field.
Golf is about as unpredictable as it comes just because of the extraordinary amount of variables that go into a tournament. Every tournament is different just based on who is playing, how have they been playing, what course is it, how is the weather, have they made changes to course, and it goes on.
Yet with all of these factors, Tiger rose above the variable. The answer just became "Well, Tiger is playing."
I'm not suggesting we go back to praising Tiger like we did or that we let him off the hook for his "transgressions."
I am suggesting that as sports fans, we enjoy and remember the fact that we are watching a once in a lifetime athlete. We are watching someone that has not only single handedly elevated the sport of golf, but elevated above the sport itself.
We are watching Tiger Woods.
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