Tiger Woods Silences Critics with Strong Opening Round at The Masters

WesAnalyst IApril 9, 2010

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Tiger Woods plays a shot from the fairway on the 15th hole during the first round of the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2010 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

If Tiger Woods goes on to win the Masters you will hear a lot of people making bad jokes and saying that he should serve crow at the champions' dinner next year.

As bad as the joke is, I would have to be the first to chow some down. Too bad I’m not a past champion and I’ve never been to or near Augusta, but that’s not the point.

Woods was supposed to go out and fail in his return to competitive golf, or at least that’s what the naysayers said.

He simply went about his business, as he said he would, and did a few things he’s never done at the Masters.

First he recorded two eagles in the same round. This may not seem like the most daunting of tasks, and it may seem kind of surprising considering how well he’s played there over the years, but it was something he never did until yesterday.

Second, he shot in the 60s for the first time during his opening round. Was the course set up a little easier than usual? Maybe. Did the rain help to soften up the course in spots? Possibly.

None of that really matters though. When you snap-hook a shot on nine around the trees and gallery to about eight feet, and make birdie in driving wind and some rain, no one can take away the 68. Not even a miserable S.O.B. like me.

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

Before he hit the shot the announcers said something along the lines of, “If there was ever a time to suspend play, now would be the time that it would benefit Tiger.”

I have to assume the comment means this is when the conditions were at their worst, and yet he still pulled off the best shot of the day, and possibly the tournament.

I’m sure some people would like to see Woods fail, and I can understand that. His personality rubs people the wrong way, pre and post controversy.

Again, that’s totally understandable. But at what point do we have to step back and say, “Wow. This guy may be the greatest athlete of all time.” Forget about Jack, and Hogan.

Woods is more on par with Jordan, Ruth, and Ali.

Can one round really make someone change their mind about an individual and have one making comparisons to some of the greatest athletes ever?

Well he got me, and I learned to never doubt his abilities on the golf course ever again.

slash iconYour sports. Delivered.

Enjoy our content? Join our newsletter to get the latest in sports news delivered straight to your inbox!