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Apr 15, 2019

I'm seriously so happy for him. What a story, and what a man. Seriously one of the most talented athletes of all time.

Apr 15, 2019

GREATEST SPORTS COMEBACK EVER PERIOD

Apr 15, 2019

It really was a storybook ending to say the least. Hard to believe that a few years ago he went from not being able to sit upright for more than a few minutes at a time to securing another green jacket. Even as a Dustin Johnson fan I couldn't be happier for the guy.

Apr 15, 2019

Can't wait to watch him compete for the other majors this year. Now that he got over the hump and proved people wrong about winning another major, I think he definitely breaks Nicklaus' record.

Also, I was about to cry watching him celebrate with his family. Cool stuff.

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Apr 15, 2019

This was a hell of a win and was incredibly fun to watch. Tiger probably brings in like half the viewership to this golf tournaments.

Apr 15, 2019

Apparently he won a Presidential Medal of Freedom on the side at the same time. Legendary...

"If you ain't first, you're last!" - GOAT

Apr 15, 2019

Yeah Trump came in clutch with that one....he definitely deserves it.

thots and prayers

Apr 16, 2019

I'm not the biggest fan of golf, but this was some nice news to read. Genuinely happy for him.

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Apr 16, 2019

Avid golf (and Tiger) fan. I realize most on this board are younger and weren't old enough to actually witness Tiger in his youth or prime. To give you perspective:

  1. For more than a 10 yr period, Tiger was the most dominant power in sports (not just golf). He was more dominant in his sport than anyone in theirs. Hard to compare with team sports, but being an individual sport magnified his greatness. It was all him. He was actually Number #1 golfer in the world for 10 yrs. Think about that. The top players today last for a few months.
  2. It wasn't just the wins, it was how he won. They used to refer to his A, B, and C game. He could grind out a win with his C game while others were at A or B. WHen he was at his A, if was a bloodbath. Majors won by double digits. I vividly remember a particular British Open at St. Andrews where he was determined not to hit into a pot bunker the entire tournament (unheard of). He refused to use driver all week, avoided the bunkers (every one of them), and demolished the field. There were many shots over the years where the announcers would immediately say he was the only player in the world who, not only could make that shot but actually think about making that shot. Always been a sprayer of the golf ball off the tee. His recovery shots were legendary.
  3. Transcended golf. For a long time he was the most recognizable person on earth. More than movie stars or presidents. He was the Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson of his era.
  4. And OVERNIGHT, it all ended, Self inflicted personal life debacle. A deafoning falling from grace . The the the comeback attempts, the injuries, the surgeries. It's taken 10 yrs for him to be a fan favorite again. These kids got beat by Tiger 2.0. 1.0 would have crushed them!
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Apr 16, 2019

To your #1 - amazing to see his shots now with the shot tracker technology. Amazing to see how his ball flies and the shape compared to the younger guys that just carry the ball forever. Pretty amazing to actually see. I remember watching him in the early 2000s and I have been waiting for a comeback.

Apr 16, 2019

He's had to become a shotmaker over time which is really amazing. A true student of the game!

Apr 16, 2019
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Avid golf (and Tiger) fan. I realize most on this board are younger and weren't old enough to actually witness Tiger in his youth or prime. To give you perspective:

  1. For more than a 10 yr period, Tiger was the most dominant power in sports (not just golf). He was more dominant in his sport than anyone in theirs. Hard to compare with team sports, but being an individual sport magnified his greatness. It was all him. He was actually Number #1 golfer in the world for 10 yrs. Think about that. The top players today last for a few months.
  2. It wasn't just the wins, it was how he won. They used to refer to his A, B, and C game. He could grind out a win with his C game while others were at A or B. WHen he was at his A, if was a bloodbath. Majors won by double digits. I vividly remember a particular British Open at St. Andrews where he was determined not to hit into a pot bunker the entire tournament (unheard of). He refused to use driver all week, avoided the bunkers (every one of them), and demolished the field. There were many shots over the years where the announcers would immediately say he was the only player in the world who, not only could make that shot but actually think about making that shot. Always been a sprayer of the golf ball off the tee. His recovery shots were legendary.
  3. Transcended golf. For a long time he was the most recognizable person on earth. More than movie stars or presidents. He was the Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson of his era.
  4. And OVERNIGHT, it all ended, Self inflicted personal life debacle. A deafoning falling from grace . The the the comeback attempts, the injuries, the surgeries. It's taken 10 yrs for him to be a fan favorite again. These kids got beat by Tiger 2.0. 1.0 would have crushed them!

I was too young in '97, but this definitely converted me into a big Tiger fan.

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Apr 16, 2019

And in those days he was the most athletic and longest (or top-5 longest) player on tour. His length and power is what drew all the oohs and aaahhs back then, but today it is nothing extraordinary in light of many of the other top players, plus the modern equipment that narrows the gap between shorter and longer hitters. But all that time, he was always the best short game player ever, as well as probably the best approach shot player ever as you pointed out with his recovery shots. This win was all about that, the short game in particular. And it shows that in his prime he was always so much more than just another big hitter.

Apr 16, 2019

What a stunning tournament. Molinari, Koepka, and the pressure they kept on Tiger to make Tiger zone in and just go for the kill on the back 9 was kind of magical. Just so inspiring.

Apr 16, 2019

As I'm not one of the younger folks here I'll share this. First it is a remarkable come back from EVERYTHING. This is not just his surgeries but all the way back when his then wife chased his ass with a 9i and him plowing over a fire hydrant.

When he first returned to Augusta after his cheating scandal the brass at ANGC was very cold in receiving him and made numerous comments in the media not hiding their displeasure of his lifestyle. But boy time healed those wounds as there wasn't one single person not screaming and cheering for him as the holes closed.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Apr 16, 2019

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Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Apr 16, 2019

Great replies from all of you. To the ones that refer to length and fitness, Tiger transformed the sport. Other than Gary Player 9 who used to do 1000 situps a day - imagine that!), Tiger was the one who set the trend of tour players being athletes and working out, stretching, etc. He was THE long ball hitter for a long time. Together with John Daly they changed golf and the the tour courses literally had to be lengthened. They actually called it "Tiger Proofing" as it was just too easy for him with his length. Now everyone is hitting it long. At 54 I can hit my irons longer than I did at 24. Hard to believe that's not technology cause I aint that good!

His short game reminded me a lot of my ultimate hero, Larry Bird. He had the rare ability to make ridiculously difficult shots and putts in high leverage situations. Like a dagger ending it. He lived for that.

That was soooo fun to watch. Hope we see more.

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Apr 16, 2019

The other thing he did to transform the game was to make youth golf cool. So many of these young guns on tour are the byproduct of kids getting into golf INSTEAD of playing other sports. That wasn't cool when I was a kid. You had to be wealthy so hardly anyone played. I live in FL. You'd be amazed at how many kids take up golf at a young age and make it their primary sport through high school. I see sooo many kids bombing it 300 yards and shooting in the 70s at age of 15-18. That never used to happen. It's all because of Tiger making golf cool!

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Apr 16, 2019

Can attest to that. Growing up my dad golfed and I thought it was "whatever"...

Saw tiger play and I was instantly hooked. Played throughout high school and intramural in college.

Such a great, satisfying sport you can play well into your adult life. It's been nice out lately and a bunch of the younger analysts go out few times a week to get 9 in after work or hit the range when it hits 70 degrees out.

Super happy for him regardless of all the scandals people seemed to hold on to for the longest time.

Apr 16, 2019
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