Hyperboles are often a part of colorful sports journalism. The word “greatness” is tossed around liberally. We seem to feel privileged when we witness something that is special, but rarely does the actual feat match up to the true meaning of “greatness”. But I truly do feel privileged to be able to witness the greatest golfer of all time, Tiger Woods.
Today, Tiger came from behind, shooting a 65 to win his 70th professional victory. He has reached 70 victories at age 33. The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, generally regarded as the greatest golfer of all, was 40 when he got his 70th win. In an era where golf is truly a global game, and the best golfers from all corners of the world come to the U.S. to play, Woods’ dominance is even more impressive.
His dominance is unparalleled. His will to win unmatched. His golf intelligence, like Nicklaus’, gives him another edge on the field. Tiger never seems to beat himself. He truly has no weakness.
He won the U.S. Open last year on one leg. Now he has two good knees, much to the chagrin of the rest of the tour players. In12 starts this year, he has won 5 times, a ridiculus 42% win percentage. Now off his win today at the Bridgestone Invitational, he goes for his 5th PGA Championship next weekend. At age 32, he has 14 majors, to Jack’s 18, but Jack’s 14th came when he was 3 years older than Tiger is now.
How many of Tiger’s shots are etched in our memory already? Check out this link http://www.pgatour.com/r/tiger.victoryroom.videos/index.html. How many more are yet to be etched? With Tiger in good health, a good family life, and still that burning desire to be the best he can be, my bet is the best is yet to come from the greatest golfer of all time, if that is possible! True greatness on display – when applied to Tiger Woods, that is an understatement, not hyperbole.