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Tiger Woods is human after all. Excuse me a moment while I process this fact…You see, after watching the US Open this weekend and Monday, I was convinced he had donned Superman’s cape underneath his traditional red polo/black slacks “last day of the tournament” uniform and proceeded to make shot after amazing shot to win his 3rd US Open. Apparently, someone doused his sports drink with kryptonite. We found out today that Tiger Woods will have reconstructive surgery on his knee and miss the rest of the golf season, which means it’ll probably be early 2009 before we can see him play again.
On this blog, we normally hit big issues that are affecting the US and the world. I know that the fact that we won’t see Tiger Woods on the links the rest of the year won’t make a dent in the War on Terror, flood cleanup or the US election. However, it’s going to be a big loss to the golf world.
Not having Tiger for the rest of the season is now presenting a great problem for the United States Golf Association, or USGA for short. The man draws people in. He’s been in People magazine as well as being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He definitely isn’t just a “sports star” anymore. He’s graduated to celebrity. And for that, people go to golf tournaments just to see him play. Now this isn’t a knock on the other players out there, and any true golf fan would get just as geeked out over seeing Phil Mickelson paired up with Vijay Singh (as I did last year at the Barclays tournament). However, the USGA knows people like me will watch a tourney no matter who is in it. They need the casual fan to still be involved. They need the random person who may only know five golfers’ names to go to the tournaments, even without Tiger teeing off. They need the casual Sunday observer to still be interested in the final round during the British Open in July.
How will the world of golf survive? I’m sure they’ll find a way. But in the meantime, here’s hoping Tiger has a healthy recovery and we’ll see him on the links sooner rather than later.
Filed under: AC360° Staff
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