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Tiger Woods will be the greatest golfer ever

Posted Sep 16, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Tiger Woods

There aren’t many sportspeople who you’d consider to be a legend of their chosen pursuit if they are still competing today. Yet in golf, there most definitely is. His name: Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods.
Yep, the same guy who has been ridiculed throughout recent months for ‘shaming’ the game with tails of infidelity and finally divorce from Elin Nordegren a few weeks back.
The same guy who shot his worst ever round a few weeks back when he finished a tournament on 18 over par. Yet these points don’t matter to me. They’re irrelevant because of what he’s achieved in the sport and how he’s done it.
I love the guy. I think he’s incredible. Have you ever known one man to be tipped to win everything he enters when there’s a field of 100 of the world’s best lining up right next to him? Has there ever been one man who’s made a sport so accessible to all?
Woods has transformed golf. Firstly because he’s black. Bold and brash I know but it’s the truth. His skin colour has played a massive part in making him so successful financially and making golf seem less about the upper classes and more for the average man. And I don’t mean that disrespectfully. I say that with the utmost respect because he has changed perceptions. I’d still like to see more black people on the professional tour but at least he shows it can be done and that if you have the talent you can achieve all you wish to.
Ethnicity is obviously a difficult and dangerous subject because people’s views are so extreme so we’ll move away from that now and focus on his ability.
There’s no doubt in my mind that he is the greatest player of the last 20 years. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be considered the greatest of all time by the time he finishes. And there’s no doubt in my mind that he deserves such accolades.
He’s won everything, not just once but many times. He’s dominated. He’s played with panache. He’s played with flair. He’s played with no fear. He’s played the game how I want to be able to play the game.
I remember him playing St Andrews one year in the Open and struggling, shooting in the 80s and then coming back a few years later and winning it at the same venue. It’s as if when he’s beaten, he’ll do all he can to make sure the next time he comes face to face with adversary, he’ll destroy it.
It’s this attitude, his attention to detail and his God-given ability that make his so special. He’s one of the most famous men on the planet and that’s all because of his results on the golf course.
I fear his inclusion in the US Ryder Cup team may result in defeat for the Europeans and I hate those words coming out of my mouth.
Tiger Woods is simply the golfer I wish I could play like. I’ve occasionally had the pleasure on one of his computer games but that’s about as close as I’ll ever get.
He’ll dominate the sport for as long as he wishes too and I wish him every success for the future, as there will never be another Tiger Woods.

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