Tiger Woods reversal at the PGA raises the question: what’s next for him?
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) – Tiger Woods knelt as low as he could to gaze down the line of a slick five-foot par putt. He is unable to crouch as he once did. He can’t putt as well as he used to. But he chose his location. He was serious about his stroke. And as the ball landed in the centre of the cup, the crowd around the 18th green erupted in applause.
A day earlier, the same green had seen a Woods victory. With his five-iron, putter, and determination, he’d come back from the wrong side of the cut line to play the last six holes in two under par and earn a weekend tee time. With a tough 69, he’d received a standing ovation on Friday evening. Even though Woods wasn’t going to challenge for the title, his reluctance to give up had galvanised the golfing audience.
I couldn’t help but wonder, a day later, how he’d earned this medal.
As their bodies fail to cooperate, other athletic greats alter their attention. They sell footwear or automobiles under their labels. From the field to the booth they go. Some people utilise their considerable wealth to retire to life on the golf course, ironically. Professional golf, on the other hand, permits you to keep going back, for better or worse. Woods has softened and gained perspective, but he still measures success in the same way he did a quarter-century ago: by his results in 72-hole stroke-play golf competitions.