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The real Story of the Masters - Mickelson Vs. Woods

Updated on August 28, 2010

Feel Good Story of Golf

Today, Phil Mickelson won the first Major of they year the Masters. For those who don't know golf, this is the first of 4 major tournaments held every year in golf. It is also the first tournament Tiger Woods, considered the best golfer in the world right now, has played in since his despicable and disrespectful behavior toward his wife and children was revealed. (If you don't know that story, do a little research for yourself. Let's just say as a married man he could not keep his vows. )

Winner All Around

Now contrast that with the man who won today, Phil Mickelson. About a year ago, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. A month after she had her surgery, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Phil the golfer took time off for his family. He did go back to work, golfing but his wife and family no longer traveled with him because his wife was recovering.

Today, for the first time in 11 months. She was there. In case you did not see it, She was there for his last hole of the tournament. It was in effect his victory lap. After 4 grueling days, he emerged victorious. She was there along with their 3 children.

In case you missed the footage, they embraced for what seemed like an eternity and you could see a single tear come down his face as he hugged his wife. All the emotional, mental and physical stress came out with a single tear of joy. There was lots of crying going on with friends and family sharing the moment with this special couple.

I wish I could post a link but copyright laws do not permit. Suffice to say it was clear that for just that one minute, this golfer and his wife were very much grateful and happy to be with each other. You could see they loved one another.

Back to the Other Story

In case you haven't heard. Mr. Wood's wife was not there. He used to look for her after he won his tournaments.  You have to wonder if that was just for the camera. They are on rocky times. He has cheated on her for years with dozens of women. They have 2 small children. Now he took time off too. Not to be with his wife in her time of need, he took it off to 'work on personal issues'. In effect, he caused her time of need. Not illness to a loved one or tragedy, it was selfish dishonorable behavior, yet nothing gets in the way of winning a Major so it was time to make the comeback.  

Sometimes the Good Guys Win

So there are 2 major story lines here,

  • The cheating worlds #1 golfer returns for the first major of the year because his goal in life is to win the most majors ever.
  • The worlds #3 Ranked golfer plays with heavy heart. Has wife and mother concurrently recovering from breast cancer.  Fragile and weakened wife is there today for the first time in a year. 

I know the guy I was rooting for today. He won. It was cliche. It was corny. It was perfect and today, the good guy won.


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    • Tom T profile image

      Tom T 7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Mike & American Romance. Thanks. I do believe the good guys still win.

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      American Romance 7 years ago from America

      great write and you hit it on the head!

    • Michael Shane profile image

      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great topic & enjoyed the read Tom...

    • Tom T profile image

      Tom T 7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      GA - yes in true Tiger form it was all about him. Doesn't seem like he learned much here.

      Sheila - He does seem like one of the good guys. I wish his wife and mother a full recovery so he and his family can enjoy their time together for a long time.

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I hadn't known about Mickelson, so glad you wrote about him. Yes, he seems one of the good guys.

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      greatAmerican 7 years ago

      Tom.. maybe there is some justice here but still fourth place is not all that bad for most folks. I do not follow golf but from what I have heard on the radio, Tiger did not reflect the sportsmanship of a loser by complimenting the man who won the tournament!