Sunday, February 24, 2008
Tiger Woods won today.
It wasn't as much a win as it was one guy playing one game and the other playing something completely different. I've heard from a few people that Tiger's newfound totalitarian grasp on the PGA Tour makes golf a little boring to watch, but I'm on the other side of that argument - watching someone do something absolutely perfect never gets old to me.
Tiger continues to play a game that most people have never seen, similar to the rainbow adding a new stranger hue that the eye had never seen before. I understand that the reason Tiger is in this new grove and has always had this ability to dominate has nothing to do with his physique or his putting stroke. It's the six inches between his ears, plain and simple, that makes him the best golfer in the world. The guy stands over a golf ball knowing exactly how he's going to hit it and where it's going to go, not hoping. His hope is truth, and it has become damn scary how well he handles the situation.
Sure, Tiger might go in another "slump" where he only wins five tournaments in a year instead of nine, but this is fun to watch. When people speak of pro golfers around the water coolers, there should be "pros" and "Tiger." The man is writing something other than a history book.
Credit: Robert Beck/SI