Stop all this "Tiger is back" baloney
Can we stop with all this “Tiger is back” nonsense? Just because he says his swing is back doesn’t make it so. Just because he’s won a couple of unofficial “silly season” tournaments doesn’t mean he has regained his superpower form.
Nicklaus went through the same thing, a prolonged slump, and came roaring back. But Tiger isn’t the Bear, and the competition grows ever more fierce.
Woods may re-gain some or all of the form that had the rest of the field bowing down in worship, but he will never dominate to the extent he did before his recent troubles. Both his game and his psyche have become too fragile. He has been humbled and lost his aura of invincibility, and once that is gone, it’s up to his game. And his game, quite frankly, has yet to withstand the rigors of a full PGA season and all the questioning, which admittedly has unnerved him.
So let’s hold off on re-crowning him just yet. I’m not sure why so many people are so insistent on saying Tiger is back. Just because we may want – or need – it to be so, can’t make it happen.
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From now on, any Tiger majors will trickle in. I think Tiger's slam will stand as the benchmark for decades. Sadly, that means it may be downhill from here.
My point is that Tiger and JD are true forces within the golf world, but they draw on different emotions. Daly represents the Everyman who fights through his demons to thumb his nose at conventional wisdom – the Underdog. Tiger seems to represent what we all wish we could be as a golfer, grown up with it since he was in diapers, a family devoted to his greatness, and the perfect golfing mentality and physical presence. – A god on the Course who was sent from Mt. Olympus. While we all wish we could be Tiger everyday, we know it would be more fun to beat the god at his own game on earth, and that is what Daly represents.
The reality is that Tiger and Daly have more skill and fight in them than most of us even appreciate or understand. It would be more fun with the DalySlam though, doncha think?
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