I felt like this weekend's US Open I was watching a renewed game where there is intrigue and interest without Tiger.
One young talented and seemingly nice guy that plays at the highest level is very refreshing. Looking forward to seeing Rory play next.
I would love to see Rory grow into a 'master' of the game. Then, when the time is right, I would like the see Tiger come back (back to his height) and witness a true golf rivalry...
Rivalries are great for sports. Mickelson and Els were near the top of their games when Tiger was in his prime. Rory is probably five years out. I don't see Tiger regaining his late twenties form when he's 40. Maybe there is another star waiting to emerge.
He is relevant because he is one of the top two golfers in the history of the game. He should get motivated by Rory. He has to be chomping at the bit.
History definitely has a place for him and I think he has an outside chance of catching Jack's 18 majors, but the game has moved on since he was the dominant player and the most feared. TV ratings have suffered since he's been out. I suspect the game will recover without him.
He is relevant because there is still a high probability that he can return and be a contendor for major championships. I'm not sure he will ever dominate a tournament like he did earlier in his career but I think he is still highly amibitious. It seems he just needs to heal up. Rory may be the best thing that has ever happened to Tiger because now Tiger can take on the mantle of underdog and get motivated not just by history but what is happening right in front of him.
Golf needed Tiger for what has seemed like a long time. After this weekend, it's not the case for me. I'd love to see him play at a dominant level again, but I think he can still have a great four days and win another major, I just don't see him doing it over long stretches.
Tiger is relevant to the game of golf because no matter what is going on in his personal life or with his health he can step on to any golf course and automatically be one of the top 5 golfers in the field. That provides excitment. If Rory had not played one of the finest tournaments that golf has ever seen what would have been the headline for this weekend? Jason Day shooting -8? 2 Americans finishing in the top 5? Golf still NEEDS Tiger.
I totally agree with you Paul. There are a number of very good young men on the PGA Tour who are completely undaunted by Tiger. Certainly Rory is one of them. I honestly believe we have seen Tiger's best days and doubt that he will ever win another major. The debate will be "Tiger or Jack" and while that debate is going on, the next star or two will be starting a new legacy and a new era.
Tiger is injured, and still recovering. Revelant is not a concern as much as his recovery. When he is well, then talk relevant. His attempt to play was way to early for his injury. Egged and goated on by Media, and fan speculation that was affecting his sponser income. The fickled stay for few min's after the fall, the sincer wish for him better.
And Reguardless, he still acomplished more than the rest, even with Rory's win this weekend. You or I could not do what he has done and proven, past or not.
I'm inclined to agree. World class golfers are not easy to write off.
The young talent coming through is extraordinary, but it may be too early to write off Tiger Woods.
the Young Talent now is extra fanominal. In a few years we may be revisiting days like before with Player, Biesterous, Palmer, Nicholas, Couples, Miller, Monty, Norman ( mt personal favoriye) etc....
And with the young guns coming on now. And the Courses adding length, it should be great.
Tiger will survive I am sure, but he has already said openly that he can not swing like he used to anymore. He is re-making himself after the injury. Has to, to keep his joint health, and to finish a good career he started.
I came back very strong after losing my lateral dorsal and running in to joint problems because of all the surgery and muscle rearranging.
I had an aggressive physiotherapist who I thought must have been sent to kill me!
She was so small she could fit under my arm, but drove me like you would a bullock team!
It worked like magic for me. I was doing hundreds of shoulder rotations daily and other stretching exercises to the limit as well.
I was 50. He is younger, stronger and fitter than I was. That is why I believe he could come back from injury.
I'm not so sure he will recover psychologically, that is my bigger doubt.
For me, I've watched about every golf event (especially the Majors) Woods has played in since he turned pro. I watched it sparingly before that time. Now, when Woods is not playing or not in contention, I just don't have the interest to watch anymore; not even the majors.
I think this could've worked out better for Golf if Woods game did not plummet like it did when it did. If Woods would still be that player to contend in every event he played in,like he used to, I think people would have had more time to build up an interest in all of the young talent in golf because rivalries would have been formed and the torch would have been eventually passed.
No doubt that he helped the game at a time it's declining. Without Tiger things would be worse for golf. While it would be great to see him contend for majors from time to time, like Tom Watson did a couple of years ago at the British Open, I think the game can succeed without him now.
Maybe he can still come back. Mcllroy can be a replacement just to have excitement again! What's not to like with Mcllroy, he is hot and boyish....He can make women watch golf
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I agree completely Paul. Although a major Tiger comeback in the future cannot be counted out, I do believe he is history and it is extremely unlikely. The game is very healthy right now and there are many young and talented players who have created fan interest.
Golf has dropped dramaticly in ratings without him eventho the last few tournaments were pretty good. Only time will tell if Rory and Clarke can prevail or drop of the face of the earth (sort of speak.) side note The problem is its a game and fans cant make noise. Thats a major problem with golf and tennis.
by prettydarkhorse 8 years ago
Even Nicklaus applauded him!!This win tied Woods with Nicklaus — the tournament founder!! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/04/sport … -wins.html
by Jack Hazen 8 years ago
Is Rory McIlroy now better than Tiger Woods?With a dominant win yesterday, will Rory now be number one for years?
by Ball2Day 8 years ago
Is Tiger Woods return to the game of golf that significant?I think so. I will be the first to admit that I am a casual golf fan. It only becomes a must watch when Tiger is in the hunt. My wife who is worst than me only knows one name. It is like when Michael was playing, she see only watched...
by bhamill45 11 years ago
14 Majors, 71 PGA victories, and a golfer who dominates his profession!!! There have been countless clutch performances when discussing Tiger Woods as the best ever, but is he better than Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice....I think he is...Tiger Woods (like Jordan) has revolutionized...
by premierkj 10 years ago
Tiger has announced he will return to golf at the Masters and to be honest I don't want him to win. I would prefer a Mickelson victory...although if he's in contention it will be exciting!
by Kyle Keckeisen 11 years ago
I just realized that with all of Tiger's recent 'transgressions,' how did he focus in his tournaments? If i was him, that would constantly be on my mind! Imagine how good he actually could have been if he was on the straight-and-narrow!
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