Tiger has gone missing, but do we really care?
Does anyone care about Tiger Woods anymore? It was hard to imagine that just a few years ago, Tiger Woods was dominating the game of golf like no-one before him.
He was on track not only to eclipse Jack Nicholas’s record of 16 majors, but was set to blow it out of the water.
Tiger changed the face of golf. He brought the standard of golf to a whole other level, and in doing so, left the then current players group in his wake.
Such was his success, Woods held the world number one status for a record 281 weeks on his way to 71 PGA tour victories and 14 majors.
This all came to an end when his off course action caught up to him, along with a string of injuries. At the beginning of the Woods drama, it was hard to see how golf would survive without him.
The best player in the world, the man who brought the game of golf to centre stage, was now absent from the game, and in the beginning, so were the number of people watching golf on TV.
Now there is a new wave of exciting young golfers who grew up watching Tiger light up the course.
The new generation of Rory Mcilroy (22), Jason Day (23), and Ricky Fowler (22) have the game heading in the right direction. They are young, aggressive, daring and have a great attitude and respect for the game.
I am once again excited to watch the PGA Tour.
So does anyone care that Tiger is not playing? In my view the answer is unequivocally YES!
No matter your view of Tiger Woods for his off course behaviour, there is no doubting his ability and skill on the course. Tiger Woods has done more for the game of golf than many give him credit for.
This new generation of stars were inspired to play from watching him play. As good as these young talents are, golf still wants and needs Tiger.
Golf wants to see Vintage Tiger take on the best of the young guns.
Just like when Tiger burst onto the scene and you wanted to see him take on the old guard, that is true again, except this time Tiger is the old guard.
Will we see Tiger back to his best and lift another major trophy? Does anyone care?
I believe we will, and YES I believe we care!
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