Why Tiger Woods' win is so much more than just a victory on the golf course
Don’t call it a comeback.
Tiger Woods was here all along, as was our collective love for the spark he brought to golf. You didn’t have to be a fan of what traditionally is a more sedentary sport. No, that’s not what matters. A generation of Americans grew up fans of Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods hits from the third tee during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Throughout his personal transgressions, social media mocked him. Society often condemned him. But secretly, we all rooted for what we saw Sunday afternoon.
Woods won the Tour Championship, his 80th PGA Tour title and his first victory in more than five years.
Why is this so momentous? Well, if you’re reading this you already have a degree of interest in the golfer. Sunday, for one moment, we got to experience the pure joy of sports. Nobody cared about his politics or his past. We all just watched as he strolled to the 18th hole and a bevy of fans sprinted to watch his every stride.
“I just can’t believe I pulled this off after you know, what the season’s gone through, and it’s been tough,” Woods told The Golf Channel. “I’ve had a not-so-easy couple years, and I worked my way back and I couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone around me. Some of the players I saw after, on the 18th green, some knew what I was struggling with…it was really special to see them there.”
It’s not the fall from grace that so many of us can relate to experiencing, but the rise to redemption that Americans love.
Thank you, Tiger, for giving us an opportunity to witness it.