One is rarely born to greatness. In most cases it is hard work and dedication to the goal one aspires to. No athlete worked longer or harder than Tiger Woods to reach the pinnacle in the world of golf. Many great champions have come before him but he plays in an era of greatness. Players of today work harder, make use of state of the art training techniques and have the very best of equipment at their disposal. With that and the fact that course designers are making the golf courses themselves more difficult it is just that much more remarkable that any one golfer could dominate the way that Tiger does. He is the marvel of our generation and I for one am enjoying it to the fullest.
Multiple US Open Championships are won because years of hard work were invested. While most players begin at the early age of five or six, Tiger was swinging a club by the tender age of two.
The way Tiger Woods approached his preparation not only made him a better athlete it actually changed the game itself.
Hard work does indeed payoff. Here is the 2005 "Miracle Chip at Augusta National" on Tigers way to the 2005 Green Jacket.
In obvious pain Tiger Woods played better than any healthy golfer at San Diego's Torrey Pines. The amazing exploits of the 3'rd round were of the stuff legends are made and ended with yet another Major Title.
In 2006 Tiger Woods is as surprised as anyone when he fires an eagle 2 at Royal Liverpool.
One stoke behind the leader with only three holes to play Tiger uses his iron play to not only tie but take the lead with one masterful shot from the 16'th fairway at Bridgestone in 2009.
Nike commercial may sum it up best. You don't need to use your imagination much to envision the greatness that was, and is, Tiger Woods.