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"Why golf fans can't let go of the promise of Tiger Woods"'s Michael Bamberger looks at hype surrounding Tiger's return I'd recommend even though I do not agree with it--I can't let go of the promise!

He writes:

It’s not entirely our fault, our inability to let go. For one thing, it’s human nature. (Who among us has not Googled our high-school prom date?) More to the point, though, Woods tells us so little about what’s going on in his life that we must fill in blanks on our own. And being the good-natured people we are we imagine Woods spending his days on the range and his nights watching old Hogan tapes. All that likely suits Woods and his handlers just fine. Anyway, it feels good to think something lost can be recovered. The truth is: What is misplaced can be recovered. But what is lost is lost.

Hey, it's not lost until it's lost! So with that profound thought, here is Patrick Reed's assessment after a Monday practice round with Woods, via Steve DiMeglio in the USA Today:

“It will take time for him to get back to his normal ways,” Reed said. “A year ago he seemed like he came back a little early. This time I think he gave himself a little bit more time and built himself up more. From what I saw from him today, as long as his body holds up, I don’t see anything holding him back. His putting stroke looked good, his chipping looked solid, he was hitting it long and both ways. He seemed to have command not only of his swing but his body.

“With what I saw today, he’s going to be rusty. That’s going to happen to anybody. There are going to be some great stretches, some not so great stretches. But he’ll figure it out somehow. And when he does, I can’t wait to see it.”

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Here's one golf fan who isn't very interested in how Tiger Woods goes till he's in the OWGR top 50.
He's 40 something and there are lots of 20 and 30 somethings who interest me much more now.
I will be really annoyed if TV shows us every shot of Woods doing an even par round when the leaders are 6 under and not televised much. Since the TV caters for the lowest denominator and they want to see Woods I shall not be watching much when he is playing. Until he's in the top 50.
'Who among us has not Googled our high-school prom date?'

I'll answer that. Anyone with a life that doesn't have the inclination to become a stalker.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
It’s not just hope with woods it’s shared hope.
Also the TW haters are too funny as usual.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDon
We will know by the Masters if this is a real thing. Personally, I hope he becomes relavant again - not because I am a huge TW fan (I am not), but more just to see if he can hang with the young guys that have all come out with his type of additude. Even the haters have to admit, when he was on, it was something to see...if he can approach the fringes of that level a few times a year, it will be impressive.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBDF
Love the title of the article pretty much sums up all golfers with “promise”. I think Rickie Fowler has shown lots of promise with nothing to show for it. He’s got everyone’s attention like woods without the results. You guys in the media have made a living off of promise please spare us all. Tiger is good for the game
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrandel
I'm mildly impressed with Reed's comments as they are balanced, realistic and not slurpy as so many are. As for having every shot televised no matter how he's playing, buckle your seatbelt this weekend. It'll appear as a one-man event.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPops
I would love to see him come back and be competitive-shame if he does a "Seve". He was the best I've seen at his best so I'd like him to go out with a bit of pride and dignity no matter how much he once messed up.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Hope he has a good run. He's been crucified by the same media that built him up - he deserves it.

Not all are mesmerized by celebrity and worshiping sports stars or former ones.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul
At this point in his career Tiger will be fortunate to play 4 rounds pain free and finish in the top 10. He had an amazing run but his body has had many injuries that likely won't allow him to play and practice at the level needed to compete consistently at the highest level. The media wants to see him return because he moves the needle in golf and they want to keep their jobs as long as possible. It would be great for him to play well again but I would be surprised if he can play 15 events without something breaking down. His body is a wreck.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered Commentermunihack
I get more annoyed at the slobbering by Golf Channel and the media than by Woods himself.
I suspect he will be like most great golfers pushing 42 with a bad back....capable of the odd good week and a whole lot of so-so efforts
11.28.2017 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
The only promise that I'm aware of is that Tiger and his handlers will do whatever they need to do to keep Tiger relevant and the indorsement $'s flowing. The good news for them is that he's guaranteed to finish this tournament in the top 18... if he in fact finishes the tournament. As he's proven over the past few years that'll depend more on his score than his health.

Like him or not his comeback will be good for golf and for TV ratings. My DVR is already set.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
Anyone who says they'll be annoyed if this weekend is wall-to-wall Tiger coverage ... c'mon. Not only are you clueless, but do you really need to see that much of Dustin and Justin at this useless event anyway?
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
Tiger who?
11.28.2017 | Unregistered Commenterthebigdad
Perfect stuff for golf's hollow season. Keep it flowing, Geoff. Thanks.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
I think jjshaka has it's the media that is driving fans nuts with the incessant Tiger often feels like the GC programming has all their chips bet on his successful comeback or they may have to close up the shop....personally I hope Tiger has a good week in Albany and that he continues to be competitive into 2018 events....but if he doesn't I'll still plan to play golf and I'll still watch golf tournaments (assuming the networks are willng to provide reasobnable coverage of the complete tournament and players in the field rather than just one guy trying to get himself back into form.)
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKeith - NYC
There was a time I was as annoyed by all the TW TV time as the haters. There was a time that I just could not fathom rooting for this horrible man who left his wife and family to pursue prurient pastimes. How the hell could someone who had such a grip on their mind, their spirit, their discipline do such damned dumb deals?

Human nature does a lot of crazy things. Who among us was a wild child in school, always in trouble, bad grades, bad attitude, and became the disciplined business owner, the loving mother, the giving member of the community.? And then there are others, who toed the line, who made National Honor Society, class president, and other feats of pride for our parents, only to become a little crazy when off to college, to a job in another city, to a place where anonimity insured a 20 something/teenager could have ''a good time''.

So I realized~who the hell am I to judge TW, a man who was single minded, driven by his 'stage dad'', only getting a glimpse of ''something else'' in his brief college days...;answer- I am no one to judge, and I daresay, neither are you. Here is a man who, his wife neglecting him, perhaps tired, post-partum depression maybe, or just living the early years of being the mother, and forgetting the joys of being a wife; here is a man who strayed. It happens, but with unlimited funds and a national media watching every move, a domestic dispute, and a fire hydrant tells the rest of the story.

If you don't get it, you never will. Jupiter, we all know your beef- the meds, the blood, the 'roids? maybe even, that made , and perhaps broke Woods body. I have said many times, that TW is 40ish, but he has the body of a much older man. Others- ''wait till he is in the top 50- sure, we all believe that....

Pops-you called it right- We'll see TW blowing his nose-live, while one of the 17 others will be shown making an eagle- in tape delay. Make no mistake- this WILL be the TW TV EVENT. Count on it.

So as a ho hum TW semi fan, always POed he was shown cleaning his spikes, while others were stiffing it on other holes, I concede this: it ain't over till it's over- 2 outs 2 strikes bottom of the ninth, winners must play ALL 27 outs, and life has no timetable of certainty- we all worry about the end of the world, when the answer is so simple- when we die, the world has ended-for us. Meantime, every day is a new beginning, an unwritten song, an unprecidented comeback.

We are living in history, just like the Rolex commercial says. Cherish it. Witness it. It is not yet written, and I for one, want to hold on to these moments, and hopefully so will you. ~~dig~~
11.28.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
For those of you fortunate or unfortunate as the case may be to still be working for a living, be advised it has begun in earnest; a compilation of Tiger's majors running on Golf Channel at this very moment. The buildup is deafening.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
@digs -

thanks for the writeup.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConfused
I'm still proud to say I actually wanted MORE Tiger coverage back in the day. I couldn't get enough of it, man. Watching him at his peak was incredible and unlike anything else I had seen. I used to hate when I'd arrange my schedule around the Majors and then get forced to watch any of the other Amana hats in the event other than Tiger. Drove me nuts.

I read these comments about the coverage and laugh because I'm certain that was just the tip of the iceberg back then. All of the networks paid massive money because of Tiger and every one of them wanted more. Can you imagine if Tiger had actually made it to 17 Majors? Or even 18? We would have had true Tiger vision for every Major from that point onward. Hell, it probably would have started before then. I always assumed that they would have created a separate channel just for live coverage of Tiger in the Majors if it ever reached that point. Alas, we'll never know (I'm not getting my hopes up)
11.28.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdsl
@Digs... I always enjoy your posts and I hope you're doing well.

You seem to state as fact that Tiger's wife was in some way mistreating him or neglecting him and that drove him to be unfaithful with a dozen or more women many of whom were of questionable character and background. Do you know that to be true or are you basing that assumption on Tiger and his handlers' explanation/excuse as to why Tiger cheated on her. As always nothing Is Tiger's fault. It's always someone else.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
I miss the TW late fall event in LA. Because the sun was low in the sky and at certain parts on the course we could actually SEE the ball after it was struck, framed by the hills.

We get this view sometimes at The Masters, from behind the tee. It's really cool.

As for watching Tiger on TV, I'll play the Old Man Card and tell you straight up -- When Jack or Arnie were playing in their 40's (or Snead in his 50's) and not even sniffing the first page of the leaderboard, most of their rounds were televised anyway. All day long. Because greatness.

We all know some of the best TV golf is watching somebody try to hold it together and "get their first win" or "still pull it off against the young guns" etc. Mickelson vs Stenson at Troon just doesn't happen very often. TW anywhere near the hunt will be compelling TV. Utterly preposterous.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBen Hagen
Real News Reality Check:

Eldrick Nordegren has not won a major since the Bush administration
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarky Mark
Real News Check:

Marky Mark has never won a major.

REAL NEWS!!! hahhaah - what a joke.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConfused
TeeVee this Saturday (EST):
TCU v. Oklahoma, 12:30
Georgia v. Auburn, 4:00
Miami v. Clemson, 8:00
tOSU v. Wisconsin, 8:00

Welcome back, MM!
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Drug test him after every shot.
11.28.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill
Yes I am taking a leap of faith that the ''neglecting wife compelled the frustrated man to , well- not cheat in the sense of a spiritual/love relationship, but cheat , in the hurt his wife's attachment of love to him. It has been said. i don't know, but my overall post should bring it around, pal... the reason really doesn't matter, Jup- the lack of license for me, or you, to judge what he did, no matter why he did it, is not in our people/job description... we just do not get to make that call. Yes, we are entitled to an opinion, but you know, like where we sit(get it you know axxhxxe is what we also all have- I'm trying not to go the way of Dufner in other areas, the old pot/kettle is just too effing funny- shoot, now I'm probably gone, *everybody's got one*) Hope you followed that- 3 am doesn't make for the most cohesive sentence structures.(( or spelling ,Geoff- check the 150k ''world''- dam I hate spelink poleese, and now I are won!))

Anyway, Jup, it is not for me to say, and THAT was the point- not any justifucation by his wife's (in)actions. More to the point was the previous paragraph, the one ending in ''a good time''. What I was saying is *everyone gotta rock and roll- it gotta come out*, and for Woods ,it seemed to come out with a wad of money, a real or imagined excuse, and a national media too willing to have a story on thanksgiving weekend.

Bless yall who care. I am not ok, but not not ok. Hope that makes sense. Goal is City Championship next May-54 holes, 3 courses ( if one is opened again from H.Harvey) I've written too much- forgive me Geoff, for i know not what i am doing.

@ Confused-- Assuming that was not sarcasm- thank you, I thought about it a while. ~~dig~~ HTG ALL!
11.29.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
@Jupiter~ Hey and back at you as well. I always enjoy hearing what you have to say.. But then agin, I enjoy Tom Morris' posts :) ~~dig~~
11.29.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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