It’s difficult for me to explain how much I love that picture.
Look at it, the pure, unbridled emotion of Y.E. Yang and the somber resigned-ness of Tiger Woods. Many of you know that I am not a Tiger Woods fan in the least. I respect his skills, ability, drive, and dedication, but I’m not a fan of the man in general. That’s probably a post for another day, but let it be known that I root for whoever is playing against him.
Yesterday’s final round of the PGA Championship was one for the ages. You can talk about all the firsts that happened: first time Tiger led after 3 rounds in a major and lost, first this, first that…blah blah blah. The bottom line is that he lost.
He blew it.
And you know what? That’s fine. People lose. In every sport, there are those that lose. How you handle it defines the character of a person. Tiger Woods storms off the final green and refuses an interview with CBS at the end of the final round. Classy, huh? Tom Watson suffers perhaps the most heartbreaking loss of his career at the end of the British Open last month, but as disappointed as he was, he still did his interviews, held a press conference, and gave Stewart Cink all the credit.
I know the whole world loves Tiger Woods, but how can you not recognize that what happened this weekend was great for golf? I heard from two people on Monday that they didn’t tune in to the final round, because it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Tiger would win. You can only see the same shot of the red shirt and fist pump so many times before it gets repetitive. Competition is good for the sport, and that’s not to say that Y.E. Yang is the next big challenger to Tiger Woods’ dominance of the game. I’m not saying he’s the next Phil Mickelson, or David Duval, or Ernie Els, or Anthony Kim. But this tournament proved that Tiger Woods is fallible…that anyone can beat him on the right day, with the right circumstances.
Trust me, going forward, you’ll all be glad this happened…Tiger Woods fan or not.
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