If we think of young Tiger (1.0), Butch Tiger (2.0), Hank Tiger (3.0), then Sean Tiger must be 4.0. What’s interesting about this version is, we’ve completely eliminated semblance of the mythic man, the savior that the father foretold. What we have is the fallen Tiger, the one who paved his personal road to perdition, picking himself up, salving his wounds and moving forward.
When Butch Tiger won that 1997 Masters, it came on the heels of his first two PGA Tour wins, in the fall of 1996. It appears that we’ve returned to that November-March period of “Sure, but can he win a major?” Tiger has won three events in 2012, on three respected courses. He hasn’t done it the way young and Butch Tigers did it, through field decimation. What he has done is keep it together and pull that magic shot out of the hat when he needed it most. This Tiger, Sean Tiger, may be a grinder (aren’t all the Tigers?) and he may be a lightning strike. I think that we’ll find out at Lytham and again at Kiawah.
Wasn’t Bagger Vance, golf’s tale of fall and rise, filmed in part at the Ocean Course?
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