The Masters Is Great Golf, Not Just Tiger Woods
Today was a crucial day for Tiger Woods as he took center stage once again at Augusta National for The Masters golf tournament.Tiger, the four-time Masters Champion, is in the headlines not for his golf skills, or for remembering his incredible power battle with Phil Mickelson during the 2009 Masters. No, all the headhunter media can do is focus on Tiger Woods' personal life and how he feels, and what is going to happen if he doesn't win, or is he behaving.
It is time to get over it. Leave the man alone and lets focus on the golf. If Tiger wins, he wins and if he doesn't, so what? That doesn't mean that he has lost his touch forever. It doesn't mean the end of golf as we know it.
It is time to let Tiger get on with his life, and those who feel they need to follow every scathing minute - need to get a life. He needs to work out his personal life in private, and he needs to work out his golf game on the fairways.
Now, on to great golf
This is not the day when we remember personal failures, but incredible triumphs. A day of telling stories of your most amazing golf shot on a long par-5, or the time you hit your drive from the tee box over a river hazard and it skipped across the water before it rolled up onto the fairway. The great stories of Masters gone by, of great players and even greater golf.
Augusta National is one man's vision of excellence in the greatest game ever played. Bobby Jones, the only man ever to win the Grand Slam all in the same year, and who did it as an amateur. That is what the Masters is all about.
It is about golf that is played down to the very last shot in some of the most challenging conditions. Remember last year when Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry came in on the last day, and on the last shot, all tied for first place? What a moment that was - the first three-man playoff since 1987.
What about all the other great players this year who are at The Masters? Every one of them has earned their place because of their skill in the game. And all of them deserve to be recognized for the incredible golfers that they are - each and every one of them.
They may play this week under adverse conditions. They may play well this week or they may not. But one thing we should all do is give them the respect they deserve for even getting there. Because in the end - they are all masters.