Golf has become quite relevant again.
Now before I continue, my last comment was not to insult golf as a sport. I like golf. I just like it a lot more when Tiger is involved and is competing for the win on the last day of any golf tournament.
While I am not a fan of Tiger Woods the person, I love Tiger Woods the player (golf player, that is). And guess what, many golf fans (and sports fans in general) love Tiger Woods the golfer. People want to tune in to see a dominant player in ANY sport. Don’t take my word for it – the ratings for golf tournaments over the last few seasons illustrate my point.
At any rate, Tiger’s win makes the upcoming Masters golf tournament the more interesting. It’s always a good thing for golf to have its best player – and yes, I know that Rory McIlroy is TECHNICALLY the top-ranked player in the world, but come on now – playing well and winning a big tournament heading into its first major golf tournament.
Sure there are three more tournaments before the Masters – one of which is Arnold Palmer Invitational where Tiger historically plays well and is the defending champ. However, Tiger’s win will give the sports media and us fans something to crow about leading up to the Masters.
As for Tiger, I am seeing a new, rejuvenated golfer. Not only is he finally healthy, he appears to have his confidence and dare I say… “swag” back. And it’s not like he coasted against also-rans. Tiger beat the likes of McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Adam Scott, the underachieving Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickleson, Bubba Watson, and Webb Simpson – all of whom have either won major titles or won other tournaments throughout their careers.
The more I type, the more excited I am heading into next month’s Masters. I want to see how Tiger is going to respond after a disappointing season.