A golf announcer on CBS finally said the manifestly obvious: Tiger Woods might or might not be “back,” and he might or might not win a major this year. Let history play itself out … it always does.
In the meantime, we can ponder the not insignificant fact that Woods has won fourteen (14) majors in his career, more, by far, than anyone not named Jack Nicklaus. Will Woods match and surpass Nicklaus’s 18 major wins? He might or might not.
Is Woods capable of it? Oh, maybe so. He’s the only PGA Tour player with three wins this season, after patiently reeling in the field at the AT&T this weekend. Gale-force winds and broken trees made the news on Friday night and Saturday at Congressional. On Sunday, the single most compelling figure in sports was all the news.
Did anyone really think Bo Van Pelt would close out Tiger Woods? Van Pelt is a good guy and a really good player, and a hard guy to root against, but he isn’t, won’t and can’t be Tiger Woods. No one can.
All we really can say is Tiger was (is) all too human at being a human being. He’s showed his vulnerability (and dare we say it, his age?) as a golfer.
Is he back? Hell, he never left.