September 20, 2013
For all the talk that Tiger Woods is back, having assumed the ranking of once again being the world’s number one golfer, I could not help but notice that having finished his second round in this week’s Tour Championship, which offers a $10,000,000.00 bonus prize to the season long champion in addition to the $1,400,000.00 that the winner of the tournament receives, that he is tied for twenty-ninth place. That in itself, might not sound too bad, however, there is only thirty golfers in the tournament, being played at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia.
Having won five tournaments this year to obtain the number one ranking, television golf analysts all seem to rave about his play, believing him back to his prime when he seemingly won a tournament simply by teeing off. However, they all fail to notice that most of his wins this year were all on courses he has done very well through the years. This year, Tiger won at Torrey Pines for the seventh time, at Bay Hill for the eighth time, at Firestone also for the eighth time and the World Gulf Championship – Cadillac Championship, which was held this year at Doral, where he won a tournament on that course for the fifth time. His other win was The Players Championship at TPC At Sawgrass, for the second time
Nearly half of Woods’ seventy-nine career wins have come on a handful of courses. On courses where he has not played before or has played very little, Tiger Woods has become just another golfer, albeit a very good player just not the all-time greatest. I may be biased, having come of age in Columbus, Ohio during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, back when Jack Nicklaus (he too hails from Columbus and attended Ohio State University, as did I) ruled the fairways, however, to me Mr. Nicklaus will always be the greatest because of the competition he played against.
Steven H. Spring