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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tiger Turns 40

Yes, it's hard to believe but Tiger hits 'the Big Four-Oh' today. It doesn't seem like that long ago when he was saying "Hello, World."


You're going to read and hear plenty of retrospectives, critiques, predictions and eulogies for Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods today. Some of them will be optomistic, some pessimistic, some wistful and some downright mean. Tiger will get a number of tweets wishing him a Happy Birthday and a speedy recovery from surgery. We can also count on some tweets that are in bad taste and others that border on defamation; many people seem to believe that social media is a license to be cruel and that they have a moral obligation to do so.

And let's face it: There are a lot of unhappy people on this planet who get their jollies by watching the distress of folks who have had significant success in their lives.  Especially when that person has been a polarizing personality like Tiger Woods.

I've written plenty about Tiger over the years I've been doing this blog. (Ruthless Golf is in its SEVENTH year now, which simply amazes me.) And if you've read any of those posts, you know I tend to fall into the 'optimistic' category. I expect Tiger to recover enough to play some significant golf in the future, although I think it may take him a couple of years this time and I hope he's patient enough this time to do so. And while he's made some significant personal mistakes over the years, I think he's done a pretty good job of growing from them.

But today I'm not attempting to write anything particularly insightful nor critical about Tiger. All I want to do is tell him how much I've enjoyed watching him play golf over the years,and wish him a healthy New Year with his kids.

Happy Birthday, old man. I think you've earned it.

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