Tiger Woods is Back. But is He BACK?
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 3, 2016
I’m watching the third round of the 2016 Hero World Challenge. Tiger Woods, back from over 425 days off, has risen to 4-under today from a opening round 73 (1 over). Eldrick is playing his brains out. He looks relaxed. His swing is effortless. Everything looks and feels wonderful.
And then the commentators start talking. To a fair amount of them, this is the “second coming” of the Baby Jeebus of golf. And it’s boring already.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Tiger Woods. As a golfer, he has been great to watch. As an African-American golfer, he’s been a source of pride. I’m glad to see him doing so well.
But I want to see him play more before I say, he’s BACK. Because there is a difference.
I want to see him play enough tournaments to go through a cycle of playing good, playing like shite, then figuring it out to play well again. Playing through that cycle, to me, is a better path to follow. I think playing enough to beat back one cycle of adversity is a better way to check the 360-degrees of one’s golf game.
Tiger is back. I can’t wait until he’s BACK again.