I’m no sports analyst nor am I even an avid golfer. Health problems have prevented me from even carrying up my clubs from the basement this summer. However, I do like to golf and I have attended my fair share of PGA golf tournaments and enjoy watching golf on TV.
Since Tiger’s fall from grace golf has seen the emergence of a number of worthy contenders — new talent to carry the mantle worn by Tiger in recent years past. While he has also been plagued by on-going health issues it seems he lost his mojo shortly after the infamous altercation with his wife was made public. Disclaimer: Count me as one of several who were both disgusted and appalled by Tiger’s self-destructive behavior. But the guy has more than paid the price for his transgressions and now, while previously cheering against him following the revelations of his self-centered and narcissistic actions, I now wish him well. I’m afraid though it may be too late. In some ways, much like Michael Jackson, another phenomenal talent or the recently deceased Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tiger’s behavior seems to have been his own undoing. And what a shame that is.
With Tiger’s departure from Sunday tournament play – his signature red shirt glaringly MIA – a new slew of players have injected the game with talent, fun, style and grace: Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Ricky Fowler and still, thankfully, Phil Mickelson.
I like all of these players and sitting here watching a tight final round of the 2014 PGA Championship (late in the day following a rain delay with several holes yet to play) it’s hard to know who to root for. I think this is fantastic for golf and great for the fans as well. I don’t think you need to be an avid golfer or sports analyst to see that!