Thanks to my buddy Jason W. for referring me to an article from Joe Posnanski from SI. Had he not pointed it out I never would have read it. I rarely read articles by the regular sports media, or as they like to be called, “journalists.” I prefer to read my fellow golf bloggers. Most journalists love to point out that us bloggers are not journalists. In my case I take that as a compliment. Actually, I insist that I’m a blogger and not a journalist. That whole discussion is for another day.
All that circular gibberish aside, I officially like Joe and I’ll check out more of his pieces.
Joe’s article basically ponders the possibilities of Tiger’s “time” being over. Has his incredible run of regular PGA Tour and major championship victories ended? The bookies and many people in the media sure don’t seem to think so and neither did many of my buddies. I had Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Padraig Harrington at the top of my list.
I reckon back to my golf round Tuesday in my men’s club when my buddy Dan asked me how Tiger would do in the (British) Open Championship. He asked me “field or Tiger?” I clearly and confidently answered “field.” Then I told him that despite the fact that St. Andrews seemed like a pitch and putt for Tiger in 2000 and 2005, I doubted Tiger would record a top 10 finish. My reason wasn’t that Tiger’s time was done, but rather his mind can’t be clear enough to concentrate at a level high enough to win a major so close to his personal issues and (apparent) divorce.
The next few years will be interesting to say the least. Can Tiger break Jack’s record or even threaten it? Many new players are surfacing and the fields do nothing but get stronger. Winning a major for anyone continues to get more and more difficult. Meanwhile, Tiger gets older. The mental drain he endures with his personal life and the ever irritating (to him) media grinds away at him and his ability to focus. It has to. He’s human.