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Tiger Is Not Back

March 28, 2012

Whenever Tiger Woods is brought up around golf circles, there is immediate disagreement. Some love him, some hate him, some worship him, and many curse him. He divides people and can have friends at each other’s throats. When Tiger won on Sunday, every Tiger lover shouted out, “Tiger’s back!” They fell back into their worshiping ways and lauded his victory as the beginning of another era of Tiger dominance. I disagree. Tiger is not back

Tiger is an extraordinary golfer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying he is by any means average. That said, the aura that used to surround him is gone. The fear he used to strike into the other’s players hearts will never return. The god has been made mortal. Tiger will likely win multiple times in the future, but the stranglehold on the world of golf that he formerly held is gone forever.

In life, you can never be the person you were yesterday. The experiences of life change and shape who we are and every moment changes us. Some experiences move us forward, others push us back. Some add to who we are, others take away. Some experiences carry great weight and have the ability to drastically effect the essence of who we are. Tiger has walked down a hard path in recent history and much has been made of his somber journey. The journey has undeniably changed who he is, so the old Tiger can never be ‘back.’ The man is different, changed by the road he was walked.

The new Tiger, however, may have finally arrived. He will be great, maybe even extraordinary going forward from here, but he’s different. He’s slept in the bed he made and may still have to pay the price for his actions, and it has changed him. In fact, it would probably be good if the old Tiger stays in the past. As fans and lovers of the game, let’s allow Tiger to be different. Let’s not push him into a box that constrains him to who he was, but lets encourage positive change.

The new Tiger is here. Let’s make sure the old Tiger stays where he belongs. Instead of included in the definition for ‘back,’ he should be in the definition for ‘arrived.’

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  1. March 29, 2012 2:44 pm

    I agree with almost everything you said, but now that this new Tiger has arrived, it remains to be seen whether or not other players have changed. That fear that used to be there might still be deep inside. Remember “spontaneous recovery” from psychology class? Definition: the reemergence of a conditioned response after the conditioning stimulus has been extinguished.

    Can’t wait for August to find out!

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