Tiger Woods: The Irony Of Tiger Inspiring a Generation

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Tiger Woods: The Irony Of Tiger Inspiring a Generation
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Nothing ever seemed out of the question for Tiger Woods on the golf course.

It didn't matter if he was behind a colossal tree with swirling winds in his face, putting down a two-tiered labyrinth of a green or hitting into a tiny green surrounded by hazards, a pond, and multiple sand traps, T.W. had any and every shot in his bag.

But the 2010 season has unveiled a Tiger Woods no one was prepared to watch; one that was weak both mentally and physically. He's neither overpowered 7500-yard golf courses nor routed fields featuring the most gifted golfers in the world. But as he's displayed his less than stellar skills on the course, a myriad of talented, vigorous youth have exploded onto the golf scene.

But isn't it ironic that the 20-something's currently overshadowing Tiger Woods grew up idolizing him?

Woods was once known for his unbelievable length off the tee, but now we are captivated by Dustin Johnson's overwhelming distance.

Tiger used to thrill crowds with sky-high wedge shots that spun back and sat within five feet of the cup, but now guys like Jeff Overton and Rickie Fowler are stunning the galleries.

T.W. was the master at reading the speed and break of the most difficult of putting greens, but now Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan are draining putts with ease.

Just think about it, Tiger has been on Tour for more than a decade, essentially abolishing records and setting new standards all the while. Now all of a sudden the young kids who watched him destroy fields at the Masters and Pebble are not only competition, but are showing him up, most notably 21-year-old Rory McIlroy.

No one may ever reproduce the intimidation factor Tiger once had, but there's no doubt that this multitude of young guns are playing their best golf due to Tiger's awe-inspiring influence.

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