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Tiger Back In The Winner's Circle

December 4, 2011 - Al Stephenson
Now that my Nascar Fantasy season is over, I fully expected to spend the day watching NFL action. Yes I am in a football fantasy league so the reason I watch games is a little different than many folks. The team that wins doesn't really matter. I just want to see if any of my players have reached the end zone. It's important enough to me that my wife and dog generally let me alone on Sundays.

When I found myself flipping the channels to watch something other than football, I actually surprised myself. It's not like Heidi came on and football was not a viable option. No, I wanted to watch Tiger Woods in his pursuit to win a golf tournament for the first time in two years. He did not disappoint as he birdied the last two holes to beat Zach Johnson by a stroke.

The reaction of the fans at the tournament was of interest to me. I'm not sure any famed athlete had a quicker or more complete fall from grace than Tiger Woods. When the stories of his infidelity became public, it cost Woods his marriage and a lot of respect world wide. All golf fans were shocked. Many were disgusted.

As Tiger has worked to restore his image as well as a game that has been hampered by injuries, swing changes and a new caddy, there were a lot of folks who were happy that he hasn't been successful. Until now of course.

Today's win will not sit well with some, but a lot of golf fans - including me - are happy to see his game come around. Before his indiscretions Tiger Woods thrilled golfers by hitting some of the most incredible shots anyone had ever seen. He won tournaments by double digits including the U.S. Open. We shook our heads in amazement.

The cheers from the gallery today were long and loud. The people there were happy for him. Tiger Woods may not be totally back, but to see him win again is good for the game of golf. The view from my seat suggests that although we may not hold him in the same high esteem that we once did, we look forward to him giving us more thrills on the golf course.


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