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A year and a half ago it seemed more likely that in April 2019 we’d be reading: “Philip Seymour Hoffman, Prince, Tom Petty, and now Tiger Woods …” than “Tiger Woods, 2019 Masters champion …”

I have written once or twice over the years about Tiger Woods, who today won one of golf’s four major championships for the first time since 2008. Tiger is an odd combination of a not particularly interesting personality — if golf had never existed, Tiger would likely be a successful Newport Beach certified public accountant who is surprisingly strapped for cash due to alimony demands — who has led an extraordinary life.

Here’s my book review “The Tiger Mother’s Son” from last year of the first full scale biography of Woods.

Here’s my 2012 Taki’s Magazine column “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Soldier” about how, when Woods was seemingly on top of the world in 2006-2008, he was seriously considering quitting golf to be a Navy SEAL.

My 2010 Taki’s Magazine column “Tiger’s Republican Shaming” explained why Tiger’s personal scandals hit him so much harder than similar scandals hit non-golf superstar jocks.

My 2009 column “Tiger Juice” pointed to a cover photo in a health magazine owned by the National Enquirer of Tiger flexing his now sizable bicep and asked why Tiger was imprudently calling attention to his massive new musculature. (Unknown to me at the time was Tiger’s dalliance with the Navy SEALS and his being blackmailed by the Enquirer over other, less surprising dalliances.)

In January 2008, I noted that Tiger Woods, then with 13 majors, was on pace to win 26 major championships, smash Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18. But I pointed out his real competition might be Roger Federer in tennis, which also has 4 major tournaments per year. More than 11 years later, Wood has won 15 majors, but as of this evening, a run at Nicklaus’s record still seems feasible if immensely challenging. Catching Federer, who is now up to 20, would be harder.

 
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  1. Anon[783] • Disclaimer says:

    Tiger in the sack.

    • Replies: @Danindc
  2. not particularly interesting personality

    Extraordinary drive and determination is interesting. His Zen approach to regaining the public’s love and trust is interesting, as is the depth of that adulation today. This isn’t magic negro, it’s something new.

    • Replies: @Realist
  3. Back in the 1970s my dad used to make fun of Jack Nicklaus for his boring interviews: “ well, I had about 168 yards on number 13, but the wind was hurting…” Tiger is the mulato Jack…

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  4. Tiger always seemed to have a personality dominated by his Mother’s Asian side rather than his father’s mixed black half.

    He’s diligent, focused, tolerant of monotony, and not given to outbursts or ebullience.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @greysquirrell
  5. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    You know a lot about Tiger, but Tiger knows nothing about you. Probably hasn’t rea a single article.

    What the hell, why don’t you call his publicist and set up an interview if he’ll go for it? Might get a book out of it. That would mean you would make money. You could buy a new really good dishwasher and maybe upgrade the car, new paint, wheels, that sort of thing.

    • Replies: @Nathan
  6. His last major victory was 2008. Has any professional golfer come back from being so far gone so long? The reason people are loving this is it is illusionary of being eleven years younger. That is attracting like a black hole.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @bomag
    , @anon
  7. Bubba says:

    Congratulations on his win for the green jacket, but it’s a one-off. He’ll be back to whoring with MJ in Las Vegas and then it’s back to excuses…

    • Replies: @bomag
  8. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    I would rather see posts praising someone more worthy than this guy whose accomplishment is just putting a ball in a hole. It’s like praising a videogamer. The activity may be entertaining to those who play it, but so what? What does it contribute to Western Civilization? It’s not worth serious attention.

  9. @Interested Bystander

    Young golf pros don’t want any distractions from concentrating on their games so they are intentionally boring. Old golf pros get more interesting in their interviews.

  10. I am surprised that Tiger wasn’t paling around with the Green Berets. His father was one, and Tiger would be a better fit in the Green Berets.

  11. Roger Federer in tennis, which also has

    Roger Federer is an inanimate object? No wonder he can’t be beaten.

  12. Nathan says:
    @Anonymous

    Forget this anon, I want my Steve Sailer’s History of the American Golf Course coffee table book. With giant pictures, and annotations for old time golf course designers.

    Seriously, I bought Joe Bob Briggs’ history of Iridium satellite phones. It was awesome. You need an airport or coffee table book.

  13. Nathan says:

    It’s interesting that Tiger Woods wanted to be a Navy SEAL. The Army would have taken him.

    Of course, that didn’t work out so well for Pat Tillman, but hey, Tiger would have been different.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  14. Xjh says:

    Newport Beach? Maybe more like Irvine.

  15. Apocalypse Alert.

    Cher is making sense on Twitter.

    Her Mailbu politics are showing. So who has the most extravagant interior design: Cher or Trump?

    http://www.cherworld.com/cher-news/chers-malibu-house-beautiful-photos/

    • Replies: @Hail
  16. Paul says:

    One thing that always makes me suspicious regarding steroid use is the rapid change in appearance (the late blooming growth in muscles rather than, if anything, the opposite). Another thing is erratic behavior. Tiger Woods and Serena Williams come to mind on both counts. My brother used avail himself of steroids, but the risks eventually scared him off.

  17. @Steve Sailer

    Old golf pros get more interesting in their interviews.

    They can afford to. I assume almost all those winnings are invested, according to first-rate advice.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  18. Hail says: • Website
    @Clifford Brown

    On immigration, is Cher now to the right of Donald ‘Tweet Often, Do Nothing’ Trump?

    __________

    To re-OT this, why haven’t we ever heard (multi-racial, half-foreign-origin) Tiger Woods pushing for more open immigration policy? Conspicuous silence, opens self up to accusation of racial betrayal. Unless I have missed something.

    • Troll: IHTG
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  19. @flyingtiger

    Their father-son relationship was not a simple one.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  20. Tiger might have been a Newport accountant, and 0bama might have been a desk officer at the Jakarta embassy.

    But Tiger would be at a strip bar throwing beer bottles at Stormy Daniels, and Barry would still be reading Cape Cod beach lit, and he’d still be a hacker.

  21. Charlie Sheen said it best:

    ” I have one speed, I have one gear, GO!. … I’m different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man.

  22. @Steve Sailer

    In SOF-world, SEALS rate reputationally higher than Green Berets … it might be as simple as that.

  23. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  24. @flyingtiger

    He might have made a great sniper.

  25. One of the lesser remarked upon features of this strange era that we live in is that people never seem to go away. I mean, it’s 2019, Tiger Woods is winning tournaments and the Rolling Stones are on tour. Does this moment ever come to an end?

    Tiger Woods was so 1999. The Rolling Stones were so 1969. I’m tired of living in the same protracted hyperreality every single day of my life, where the media circus churns up the same figures over and over again.

    I never cared about Tiger Woods in the first place and I certainly don’t care about him now.For those who did and do, the world probably seems like an endless succession of sunny days. For me, it is just The Prisoner with better bubbles and worse architecture.

  26. @Intelligent Dasein

    When 21-year-old Tiger Woods won the Masters in 1997, CBS-LA sportscaster Jim Hill mentioned that he had first covered Tiger 18 years earlier when Woods was 3.

    Last I checked, Jim Hill is still the CBS-LA sportscaster. A friend of mine from high school was stuck behind him for years as their weekend sports anchor.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  27. KunioKun says:

    I got to see a bit of this tournament while I was eating something in a sports bar. I was stunned by how beautiful the golf course was. Even when golfers made a mistake and hit a ball off the fairway there was this red mulch they walked over that just popped off the TV screen. The new super duper high def TV sets are impressive.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  28. e says:

    Jack Nicklaus is rare among superstars.. He didn’t run around, preferred spending time with his wife and kids.

    I’ve always felt that Jack faced stiffer competition, year after year after year than has Tiger, but that said, Tiger is, like Jack, one of kind when it comes to focusing on that shot that has to be made.

    When I watch golf now, I see a lot of gym rats. I get that guys want to stay in great shape, but sometimes I get the feeling I’m looking at athletes who play golf rather than at golfers.

    Lee Trevino didn’t need biceps and 6 pack abs to give guys fits. Ray Floyd could and did stay up all night and still gave guys a run for their money because he was a GOLFER.

    I look back at the spectacle of the Woods’ confession/apology in front of the nation, with his mother in the front row.

    I can’t believe the PGA–and I’m supposing Nike– came up with that. I wish he had never done that.
    He didn’t owe us one damn explanation.

  29. Being contrarian by nature I couldn’t stand the Madison Av media darling Tiger. But after the scandals and especially while he was wearing the evil Spock goatee I couldn’t help but root for him. Guess I’ve come full circle and still kinda like the guy.

  30. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alec Leamas

    The Eldrick half showed up off course, camera, and advert as we learned.

  31. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    Ya it’s happened. Infrequently.

  32. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Woods is a centi millionaire. Overwhelmingly from endorsements.
    Divorce settlement was 100 mil and a house near his current residence in south Florida.

  33. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist

    Ya, but blacks and asians dont mix well with water.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  34. @Steve Sailer

    Had Scully fallen off any at the end? Felt like he could go to 100. How’s his replacement?

    Marty’s finally hanging it up here at the end of this year.

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  35. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hail

    Blacks oppose immigration. Only the political leadership is coopted by largely Jewish campaign funding, Much as environmentalists, labor organizations etc etc

  36. Bill H says:

    “Tiger Woods and George Zimmerman, yet they both wanted to be of service. They wanted to protect the rest of us from bad guys.”

    No they didn’t. They wanted to be “kick ass” guys. They wanted to be “macho men.” They wanted to be the guy that made other guys back down from a fight.

  37. @KunioKun

    Yes, Augusta National Golf Club as the setting for a decorous Rite of Spring has been perfected over the decades of television coverage. For example, several of the greens have heating and cooling pipes buried under the turf to keep the grass perfect in any weather possible in April.

    The golf course is one of the few in America that shuts down in both winter and summer in order to be ideal in spring and fall.

  38. LondonBob says:

    Molinari failed to hold his nerve, disappointing.

    Navy Seals are brain dead door kickers, Green Berets are the cerebral ones who are recruited older and more experienced, train proxy forces and often end up in military intelligence.

  39. Cortes says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Doesn’t that kind of course-pampering run counter to the ethos of golf whereby geezers manage to go round their courses here (west Scotland) come hail or shine? Granted, nobody would expect anyone other than a maniac to wish to golf during a hurricane but closing a course down for essentially cosmetic work seems poor. Especially to a non-golfer who was “treated” to an hour of the nonsense at his sister’s house yesterday as part of the price of being fed.
    “Take Logan’s Bridge and cover it in barbed wire and stick it up your arse sideways” sprang to mind at one point in the hushed reverential teevee commentary.

    • Agree: slumber_j
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  40. @Cortes

    Right, Augusta National has probably been a malign influence on other golf courses because people watch the Masters on TV and then demand that their own course look like that, which is very expensive to come close to. Plus getting a golf course that green takes a lot of watering, and almost nobody besides AN can achieve that level of green with that level of roll on the greens (e.g., Tiger’s shot on 16 on Sunday where he landed it 30 feet right of the hole and then it trickled down for about 15 seconds almost in for a hole in one.)

  41. When I heard the news today, (Oh Boy) I knew this subject was right up your alley . A chance to get away from the boring topics of impending race war and the decline and fall of the American Empire. Woods has made quite a comeback especially at his age. Whenever such improbable events occurs the cynic in me wonders if he skids were somehow greased. How could they pass up such a great human interest story. What a shot in the arm to give the sport (activity?).
    I remember Wood’s first Masters win in ’97. Fuzzy Zoeller made a silly offhand remark at the time about serving fried chicken and Collard greens at the next Masters banquet. Flash forward to this dayd and this spur of the moment wisecrack is the most prominent part of 67 year old Zoeller’s Wikipedia entry

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  42. I was more amazed and disappointed that so many of the other golfers collapsed in the final holes. Hitting balls into the water, off tree branches, sand pits, rolling to the opposite side of the green. Dustin Johnson saying something like “well I will play better next week”. Is anyone aware that the point of playing all that golf is be able to step up your game, conquer your nerves and produce great results when it matters?

    And the mindless cheering of the spectators. Tiger shows no affection or respect for his fans. Why be so adoring of him? Assuming they are all there to watch great golf, what about booing or giving some indication that you are let down by all the chokers?

  43. @The Alarmist

    I was watching a documentary several years back, the the most common reason for washing out of SEAL training was lack of ability to deal with cold water. Nothing to do with physical training, combat skills, etc. Being able to cat nap, and get by on little sleep also plays a large part in special operations units.

    In the 80s, the army’s Delta Force were considered the top dogs. And maybe they still are. The thing is, unless it’s changed, and it could have in the 20 years I ‘ve been out, you don’t just join the army, navy, whatever to be a seal, ranger, green beret, etc. You join up, go through training, and then apply for the school. In my day, army was the most squared away of the branches (yeah, I know, screw you marines), so it would seem they’d have a bigger pool to choose from. But like I said, I could be wrong.

  44. njguy73 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Old golf pros get more interesting in their interviews.

    Everyone gets more interesting in their interviews as they get older. Just to name two I’ve read over the past few years, Jimmy Page and Bob Feller.

    And then there’s Quincy Jones. His 2018 Vulture interview is what every man should achieve: the day when you can speak without a fuck given.

  45. It’s always good to see Tiger win, because frankly, gold is extra-boring (rather than just plain boring) when he doesn’t. The problem I’ve always had with golf, is that whenever I look at the news to see who won what major tournament, more often that not its someone I’ve never heard of. Any sport is going to need some players to be somewhat dominant in order to maintain interest. I.e. the problem with golf is that it’s just too competitive. Jordan Speith piqued my interest when he won two majors back-to-back a few years ago. Still he’s not on any kind of pace to become even close to the next Tiger.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  46. LondonBob says:
    @Steve Richter

    Tiger seemed to intimidate them still, they all folded mentally, bad miss on the 18th by Koepka, when quite a few could have forced a play off. Molinari was unfortunate to hit that branch and Tiger seemed to get the luck when he hit his tee shots high, wide and handsome.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  47. bomag says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    Tom Watson famously came excruciatingly close to winning the British Open in 2009 at age 59, 26 years after his last major championship.

  48. @Intelligent Dasein

    Does this moment ever come to an end?

    This is eternal as long as goodwhite Boomers and their fellow white people control the horizontal and the vertical.

    I too wish it were otherwise.

  49. bomag says:
    @Bubba

    He came in second in the PGA last August, so he appears to still have some gas in the tank.

  50. Flip says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    I’ve been waiting for Hillary to go away.

  51. anonymous[215] • Disclaimer says:

    He said he was thinking about becoming a SEAL and everybody just seems to accept it as something he might have done. Except that the SEALs have certain criteria for joining; not everyone can cut it. What makes anyone think that some spoiled, porn-watching guy like this could make it? Yeah, he’s got some big-deal biceps and we’re all impressed. Just a fantasy.

  52. slumber_j says:

    Dustin Johnson saying something like “well I will play better next week”.

    I’d think you’d learn in a hurry not to say stuff like that when your father-in-law is Wayne Gretzky.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  53. @Alec Leamas

    It was his dad who introduced Woods to the game and single mindedly kept pushing him to spend countless hours practicing , from a young age. Without his dad’s drive and push, Woods wouldn’t be a golfer today. In this regard he is somewhat similar to Lewis Hamilton’s dad who did everything he could to support young Lewis’s carting hobby.

    • Agree: Triumph104, Bliss
  54. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Richter

    Booing is ungenlemanly for visitors to the club. You get the boot if you act up at Augusta.

  55. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @jesse helms think-alike

    Too hard to bribe a dozen already rich men, some of whom are playing for prestige at this stage and hold mixed views on woods.
    You go to prison if discovered moreover.

  56. Walsh2 says:

    Ben Hogan’s comeback after his near fatal accident is the greatest comeback from physical injuries in the history of golf and ranks up there with the greatest in sports. Tiger’s comeback, which is great, includes not only physical but all the personal baggage social redemption, etc. For straight physical/mental toughness though, it’s Hogan. And to Tiger’s credit, he would probably agree.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  57. megabar says:
    @Steve Richter

    > Is anyone aware that the point of playing all that golf is be able to step up your game, conquer your nerves and produce great results when it matters?

    Also, the point of playing the stock market is to buy low and sell high.

  58. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Only half of it’s very limited membership live near rural north Georgia. Keeping it open would be even more costly than intensive upkeep for 6 months a year.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  59. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @slumber_j

    They never married and are on and off…
    On and off a lot of stuff.

  60. Give the guy credit. He could have quit on himself after being enveloped by all his “issues” (virtually all self inflicted). Still…he persisted. Congratulations Tiger.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  61. megabar says:

    I don’t like Tiger — as far as I can tell he was a serial cheat who broke his family. Of course, I know little about the true situation, so perhaps he has been mischaracterized, or perhaps he has made amends as much as possible. He certainly comes off as less of an ass these days.

    As for the Masters, he played well and accomplished an impressive comeback. It was compelling in many ways.

    I still don’t think he’ll catch Jack, but it’s in play again. And if he doesn’t, winning at 43 is yet another amazing accomplishment to add to the list.

  62. Watched some on-line while doing tax stuff. (Bad procrastinating dad.)

    Noticed that the lone commercial was some sort of ATT imaging stuff that was heavily *black*. Black dysfunction uplift stuff. Tedious and annoying.

    Apparently corporate America is so pozzed they are clueless enough to shove this in the face of people watching golf.

    Isn’t the main attraction of golf–to its mostly white audience–its “anti-blackness”. White guys instead of black guys. Sportmanship instead of thuggishness. Pastroal instead of urban. Beauty instead of ugliness. It’s the whole “moving to the suburbs” thing on steroids.

    We are no longer even allowed to escape.

  63. midtown says:
    @flyingtiger

    “paling around” — given that stark picture of Tiger and a whole bunch of white SEALS, an appropriate malopropism.

  64. bomag says:
    @AnotherDad

    I believe it was an Andrew Young line, while mayor of Atlanta:

    “We’ll follow you everywhere.”

    • Replies: @GermanReader2
  65. @AnotherDad

    You are just noticing this now? Sports broadcasting has been this way for well over a decade. ESPN for longer than that ( They did the Thursday and Friday coverage of the Masters). Did you see the Gillette ad for the Super Bowl?

  66. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    This are just feints to avoid lawsuits and shakedowns from sheisters operating in the diversity rackets.

    Legal says , “I want a lengthy write up about how much we love diversity and inclusion, donate to poc oriented groups etc. Lets feature poc prominently in ads if a case ever goes to a low information jury. ( then you can move back office IT ops to Salt Lake city guys )

    Essentially functions like a mob tax did in the old days, though this is a jewish scam. No other top 5 nation deals with this. Corruption in China has the same effect financially.

  67. Anonymous[388] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    We always talk about the Trump curse but what about the Trump blessing??

    https://golfweek.com/2019/02/02/president-donald-trump-playing-golf-with-tiger-woods-jack-nicklaus/

    President Donald Trump playing golf with Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus

    Funny, just two months ago I was surprised to read about Woods golfing with Trump and Nicklaus. I don’t follow golf so I thought Woods’ competitive days were over. Nonetheless I thought it was great he didn’t care about popular media backlash and my opinion of him rose big time. Now this.

    • Agree: danand
    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Anonymous
  68. @Steve Sailer

    … several of the greens have heating and cooling pipes buried under the turf to keep the grass perfect in any weather possible in April.

    The golf course is one of the few in America that shuts down in both winter and summer …

  69. @megabar

    He’s also closing in on a less famous record, Sam Snead”s 83 PGA tour wins. I think he’s up to 81 which is an incredible number because top pros don’t play as many tournaments per year as in the old days. Tiger plays maybe 16 times per year whereas oldtimers probably played twice that because the money was small. I didn’t expect anybody to break Snead’s 83 tournament mark, but Tiger could do that this year if he wins 3 more times. It shows how dominant Woods was at his peak that he won a ton of Buick Opens when he was just warming up for majors.

  70. @megabar

    He’s also closing in on a less famous record, Sam Snead”s 83 PGA tour wins. I think he’s up to 81 which is an incredible number because top pros don’t play as many tournaments per year as in the old days. Tiger plays maybe 16 times per year whereas oldtimers probably played twice that because the money was small. I didn’t expect anybody to break Snead’s 83 tournament mark, but Tiger could do that this year if he wins 3 more times. It shows how dominant Woods was at his peak that he won a ton of Buick Opens when he was just warming up for majors.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  71. @Anonymous

    It turns out that a club of CEOs is pretty adept at organizing a golf tournament.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  72. @Walsh2

    Hogan got hit head on by a truck on a highway (no seatbelts or airbags) in the winter of 1949, looked like he’d be in a wheelchair for life, but came back to win the US Open in 1950 with a 36 hole final day and then a fifth round playoff.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  73. @AnotherDad

    This is a thread about Tiger Woods.

    Clownworld sucks on every level. Some of our (best) countrymen are black. Both true.

  74. @bomag

    Old golfers are like old dogs and they have their day now and then. But after about 42 it’s apparently hard to string four days in a row. Golf is interesting in that golfers in their 40s can look really good, but they don’t have exactly what it takes to win majors very often.

  75. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Heavy hitters prominent, but club leadership itself has a local and more broadly southern flavor to it much like the club and grounds itself. Many of whom of course are often very prominent in their own right if not on a national scale.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  76. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    If Trump is able to emphasize and get public support from Brady and Tiger, even if muted, it will help in New Hampshire and other Golf centric states like Florida Wisconsin and scot heavy North Carolina. Places where Tiger support gives off a good feeling vibe among suburban affluents and their families. Long way off obviously.

  77. @South Texas Guy

    Pretty sure Delta are still tops. I admire their quiet professionalism versus the constant stream of books and films being churned out by the SEALs. Shugart and Gordon’s sacrifice in Mogadishu speaks far louder.

    Not sure how accurate the book +film combo 13 Hours portrays Benghazi, but Tanto the ex-Army Ranger was far and away the guy I’d want to go into battle with versus the ex-SEALs and Marine spec ops guys.

    • Replies: @South Texas Guy
  78. @Intelligent Dasein

    Speaking of 1999, here’s a bit of reminiscing about Gen X’s best decade courtesy of Charli XCX, one of my favorite carmelita pop tarts:

    Nevermind she was all of 6 years old in 1999. Also interesting this looks to a happy past while Prince envisioned a dark future in his cut of the same name.

    Likes: the guts to release a track that shares a name with an all time classic, scads of 90s references, white dress, pink bikini, Lyft shout out

    Dislikes: co-singers homo fantasies about Justin Timberlake.

  79. @Hapalong Cassidy

    Spieth is on the cusp of a Steve Sax/David Duval.

  80. @bomag

    Thanks. That was the one I was trying to think of. Technically this might not be any kind of record but still it is unprecedented. Good for him. I wonder how hard it would be to fix a golf tournament.

  81. It seems like that sport requires a calm, precision-oriented personality. In the moment they swing the club, they have to concentrate very hard. How else could they zero in on a tiny hole so far away? Golf is a boring sport, compared to the near-barbaric, dangerous, gladiator-style football, but what the golfers do seems more impossible. You can see how a golfer might identify with military people, especially the ones performing precision missions, demanding a lot of calm, nerves-of-steel targeting.

    Regardless of skill, the jackpot for all sports stars is ridiculous in a country with so many underemployed humans who can’t afford rent. And the money makes celebrities sitting ducks for civil law suits of all types, not just from exes. But even so, if our media wasn’t so shallow & gossipy, people would be judged on the quality of their work, not on their personal lives. What does a golfer’s personal life have to do with the public?

  82. @Steve Sailer

    He’s also closing in on a less famous record, Sam Snead”s 83 PGA tour wins. I think he’s up to 81 which is an incredible number because top pros don’t play as many tournaments per year as in the old days. Tiger plays maybe 16 times per year whereas oldtimers probably played twice that because the money was small. I didn’t expect anybody to break Snead’s 83 tournament mark, but Tiger could do that this year if he wins 3 more times. It shows how dominant Woods was at his peak that he won a ton of Buick Opens when he was just warming up for majors.

    Wasn’t Snead famous for making side money from the other players on tour, and his income from this being higher than the purse money he won?

    It seems like professional athletes and golfers in particular had to “work” more to make a living at it than they do now with the exponential increase in earnings of the modern era.

  83. It’s interesting how much traction the “he brought this upon himself” meme continues to have. I heard an ESPN announcer say as much last night. He had what, 4 back surgeries? And yet people continue to bring up the crashed Escalade and the pancake waitress at Perkins, as if she cast a spell on him that caused him to start duffing chip shots. Just a reminder: his philandering wasn’t what caused his game to go in the crapper.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  84. e says:

    Just wanted to add, from a woman’s point of view, Tiger’s body still looks great: wide shoulders, small waist. However, his face tells another story. There are deepening lines in it, reminding me of his dad’s facial features. A further reminder of Earl: when Tiger removes his cap, we see not only a substantial receding hairline, but a big round bald spot on his crown.

    Medical science has put Tiger back together again, a remarkable thing considering just how broken down his body had become, but the face tells another story–that time gets us all. I think he actually looks older than he is.

  85. I watched most of the last round and was disappointed that Koepka and Molinari melted down
    at critical moments. My guess is that Tiger will equal or pass Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors.
    43 is not that old. Jack won his 18th major at age 46. I was put off by some of the diversity
    in the commercials like IBM with all the intelligent negroes and AT&T with its’ now pro-negro
    themes. AT&T is like McDonalds now. Every AT&T commercial I see has negroes. What is up with that?

    • Replies: @Travis
  86. istevefan says:

    I tuned into Rush today, and the first half hour or so of his show was a tribute to Tiger Woods. Do people think that if we do not talk about what is happening at the border, then the problem will just go away?

    I can’t believe the reaction, or lack thereof to what is happening at the border. Polls suggest immigration is the number one issue. At least we know it was the key driver in getting Trump elected. However, now that the problem is as bad as it’s ever been since before the market crash, people like Rush are just changing the subject. Maybe they are burned out and feel they can’t do any good, so why bother? But I recall the talk show guys got the base worked up on 2006 to help shut down Bush’s proposed amnesty. So far they haven’t put in a tenth of the effort over this crisis as they did over those failed amnesties in 2004 and 2006.

    • Replies: @OilcanFloyd
    , @e
  87. @istevefan

    Was Rush ever sincere? I can’t believe that anyone still listens to him! His satire was funny before he was caught on a charter plane on some island with loads of oxycontin, Viagra, and a young girl. I guess he never comments anymore about being trustworthy enough to spend nights in a Motel 6 with teenaged girls. I wonder if Rush knows Jeffrey Epstein?

  88. Polynikes says:
    @The Alarmist

    According to whom? No green berets, that’s for sure. Even guys in the army as “lowly” airborne units will crack jokes about the SEALS standing for Swim Eat and Lift.
    I think in the SoCom hierarchy they would be about even, although SEALS are the more “celebrity” SF unit.

  89. Tiger broke the spirit of the rules of golf at the Phoenix open, when he used the spectators to move an immovable obstruction. He should have been cast out of the Tour.
    His behaviour while on Tour was execrable. The Press won %85 of his tourneys by pre-writing his victory articles, taking away the “head” of his competition.
    Tigers BLATANT cheating, caught on live tv at Augusta besmirched Bobby Jones, Augusta National, any +20 handicapper, all of the Tournament officials and the entire membership of AN.
    HE has taken more FROM golf than he could ever bring it.
    The next time your are playing your muni, and some jerkoff drops the F bomb after making his 5th putt, THAT is what TW “gave” golf.

    Celebrating his victory hammers nails into the coffin of America.

  90. @Anonymous

    Right, Augusta National is a superb monument to the South.

  91. @Bragadocious

    Don’t forget all the years he spent screwing around with his swing mechanics. That seemed to be hugely counter-productive to his golf career.

  92. anon[434] • Disclaimer says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    This is the longest gap between majors wins. This breaks the record set by Gary Player in the 60s.

  93. Travis says:
    @Aryan Racist

    I never expected Tiger would win another major after he had the fusion surgery and was busted for DUI. Now It would not surprise me if Tiger wins another major. but I doubt he will win another 4 majors. Very few golfers win after the age of 42.

    of the 240 major championships played the last 60 years only 8 players over the age of 42 have won a major. – Tiger’s win was just the second time since 1996 that a golfer 43 or older won a major.

    Julius Boros, 1963 US Open, at age 43
    Robert De Vicenzo – 1967 British Open at age 44
    Julius Boros- 1968 US PGA at age 48
    Lee Trevino – 1984 US PGA at age 44
    Jack Nicklaus -1986 Master at age 46
    Raymond Floyd, 1986 US Open at age 43
    Hale Irwin- 1990 US Open at age 45
    Ben Crenshaw – 1995 Masters at 43
    Phil Mickelson -2013 British Open at age 43

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  94. @Travis

    Ben Hogan was awesome at age 41, winning 3 majors in 1953. Then … he never won another, although he was in the thick of the fight at the 1960 US Open.

    Sam Snead finished 3rd in the PGA at 62 in 1974, but his last major win was in 1954.

    With both of them, the putting went first. I saw Snead finish 2nd at the 1974 L.A. Open at Riviera, Hogan’s Alley, where Snead beat a barely walking Hogan in a playoff in 1950, a year after Hogan’s car crash.In 1974, Snead putted side saddle, facing the hole. I don’t think they allow that anymore, although I don’t know why they dont. He rolled in a 10 footer on the 71st hole to pull within one stroke of the lead. That looked pretty legit to me.

    You might think putting would be easiest for the old to stay good at, but the big swings remain pretty solid in middle age. For the champs, it’s usually the little strokes that flutter.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Marty
    , @Reg Cæsar
  95. @Nathan

    Pat Tillman was not a SEAL.

  96. @Steve Sailer

    Amazingly gracious and graceful.

  97. One thing that stood out to me about the final round tv coverage beside the tone def AT&T ads was the lack of attention given several prominent names who were just out of winning range. I saw tv and fan favorite Phil Mickelson’s name on the screen scroll languishing in about 15th place. I don’t believe he was shown even once. J. Spieth and Bubba Watson were also almost completely ignored. It was back to the bad old days when golf was the Tiger Woods show. Just like women’s tennis is usually the Serena Williams show.

  98. @South Texas Guy

    This is pretty good, and shows what a torture the cold water is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7VvfdvIpLI

  99. @Steve Sailer

    Likewise with Tiger, whose putting is nowhere near what it once was. He must be striking the ball at an all-time best level to be getting these results against this competition. The game is also a lot harder mentally when you can’t count on good shots being rewarded with good scores.

  100. @LondonBob

    Tiger also played it safe at 12, while Koepka, Molinaro, and Poulter went at the flag, landed in the water and double bogeyed. I don’t think any of them folded; they just f**ked up.

    • Replies: @ex-banker
    , @LondonBob
  101. @Prester John

    Give the guy credit. He could have quit on himself after being enveloped by all his “issues” (virtually all self inflicted). Still…he persisted. Congratulations Tiger.

    And he didn’t whine or complain and go on one of those nauseating TV apology tours.

  102. @bomag

    If a man said the same thing to a woman, he would get hit with a restraining order.

  103. Marty says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Billy Casper had a funny story about Hogan from a practice round in 1960. First, Hogan made fun of Casper’s swing, along with that of another guy, telling they wouldn’t be on the tour if they couldn’t putt. Later he pulled Casper aside and said, “Tell me, how do you putt?”

  104. Sean says:

    What champion professional athlete is happy with one woman for the rest of his life? These are men who exceed all others in qualities related to testosteronisation, not excluding sex drive.

    Tiger is more Asian in personality than physique, but your mother for personality and father for looks and physique is the usual way it goes.

    Roger Federer appears to put himself down in comparison to the current generation by pointing to his stick -like arms in interviews. This is what in prison they call ‘dry snitching’: indirectly drawing attention to someone else’s rule breaking. Slick!

  105. 15 years ago I thought that Woods breaking Nicklaus’s record was kind of iffy, just because there are not a lot of majors and it seems like in each one, there are more golfers with an honest chance to win than in the one before.

    OTOH I thought he would shatter Snead’s record, due in large part to the number of courses he seemed to “own” where the tour stops every year. One could easily envision him ending his career with 12 wins at Bay Hill and another 10-12 each at Firestone and Torrey Pines. Look at it this way – Dustin Johnson is the most successful of his (golf) generation. Woods has more wins at those three courses than Johnson has altogether.

    I don’t really care for Woods’ off-course antics, but he deserves credit for kicking the Ambien addiction and fighting his way back to the top of the golf heap at age 43.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  106. Realist says:

    I am not a golf fan, but what Tiger Woods has accomplished should be an inspiration to everyone in all walks of life. He fought his way to the top, fell to the bottom, due to some of his own actions, and clawed his way back to the top. Good on him.

  107. Realist says:
    @Desiderius

    This isn’t magic negro, it’s something new.

    It’s not something new at all. It is called personal fortitude, self confidence, winning attitude and has been around forever…..at least with winners.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Jim Christian
  108. Realist says:
    @Anon

    I would rather see posts praising someone more worthy than this guy whose accomplishment is just putting a ball in a hole. It’s like praising a videogamer. The activity may be entertaining to those who play it, but so what? What does it contribute to Western Civilization? It’s not worth serious attention.

    I am not a golf fan….not even a sports fan. I agree it is entertainment only, pretty much a useless endeavor. But you miss the real value of this story. It shows what a winning attitude can do for everyone in any pursuit. Never let losing situations destroy your confidence, your drive to succeed.

  109. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    Charli XCX wrote this:

  110. @Sane Left Libertarian

    A year and a half ago it seemed more likely that in April 2019 we’d be reading: “Philip Seymour Hoffman, Prince, Tom Petty, and now Tiger Woods …” than “Tiger Woods, 2019 Masters champion …”

  111. @Steve Sailer

    In 1974, Snead putted side saddle, facing the hole. I don’t think they allow that anymore, although I don’t know why they don’t.

    Was Snead the Burleigh Grimes of golf? Grimes’s spitball was grandfathered in after the ban.

    Has anyone done free throws this way since Rick Barry? It’s very effective, but sure isn’t “cool”, so the bruthas avoid it.

  112. @Realist

    It is called personal fortitude, self confidence, winning attitude and has been around forever…..at least with winners.

    And rakes.

    • Replies: @Realist
  113. @Steve Sailer

    Old golf pros get more interesting in their interviews.

    Fuzzy Zoeller certainly did.

  114. The MSM has been pining for a Woods win for years. They were embarrassed and offended at all those other, non-diverse, winners.

  115. I’m absolutely astounded that Tiger won. Its incredible that 4 of his competitors hit the water on the 12th hole. And that Molanari then hit a WEDGE into the water at the 15th hole. But its not just that Tiger is 43, he’s had four back surgeries. That alone would’ve ended his playing days, 20 years ago.

    And the way he’s playing, I wouldn’t be surprised if he passes Jack and wins another 5 majors. He looks great and he’s in great shape. Jack won the Masters at 46, Phil won the Open at 43, and Phil came in 18th on Sunday. Pretty good for a 49 year old.

    But despite it all, Hogan’s comeback is the greatest ever. The doctor’s didn’t even know if he would walk after the accident, and Hogan had to play 36 holes in one day to win the US open. But he came back and won the US open in 1950, 1951 and 1953. I know in 1955, he lost a playoff, and was in so much pain he had to take an ice bath afterwards. As for the Snead’s PGA win record. Its interesting to imagine how many PGA events Hogan would’ve won without the accident. He had 51 wins thru 1948, but only won 13 more in 1949-1959. He was averaging 10 a year from 1946-1949.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  116. e says:
    @istevefan

    Rush has talked about the border for weeks.

  117. @Honesthughgrant

    Hogan was a highly athletic smallish man before the car crash. He’s been compared to the gymnast. After his crash, he had to win on character and intellect.

    Snead was a highly athletic largeish man and remained competitive into his sixties.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  118. @Steve Sailer

    That’s well put. Pretty sure Snead was winning on intellect from the time he was twelve on.

  119. Realist says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    And rakes.

    Being a rake had something to do with Tigers down fall…not his come back.

  120. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer

    Was mentioned on Billions.

  121. @The Wild Geese Howard

    I’d guess you’re right. Ditto on Shugart and Gordon. I just have to wonder if just maybe the navy has a better mareting strategy? I just find it really hard to believe the navy is drawing the best in terms of combat soldiers. I mean, the navy literally has job descriptions of Painter Second Class, Electrician’s Mate, and such.

  122. Ye Gawds, the tongue-bath the golf/sporting press is giving Woods is remarkable. Finally, a half-Asian/Black/White combo-boy does good in the world. I’ve read or heard everything from “fallen hero” to “prodigal son, returned from disgrace and tragedy”. Ya hear this stuff and have to wonder what they’re thinking. He’s a golfer, he’s rich, he’s supposedly swingling the biggest club in any PGA Tour locker room, he got lots of pussy, went a little overboard with the adultery, booze, pills and roids with a huge ladel of depravity layered over everything. All perfectly understandable. But ‘fallen hero”?

    What’s with the ugly girlfriend? Is that the waitress from Waffle King? Or an aged stripper outta Vegas?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  123. @Realist

    This isn’t magic negro, it’s something new.

    It’s not something new at all. It is called personal fortitude, self confidence, winning attitude and has been around forever…..at least with winners.

    On Tiger’s part yes. On the part of the press, desperate for a break after being mouthpieces in the Jesse Smollet disaster, they really went full-on “Magic Negro” with the coverage.

    Tiger is playing ball with everything (the press, the ugly girlfriend) while things fall back into place, endorsements return and so on. About the time Taylor Made writes him a massive club endorsement deal and he gets a deal to push another car, then he renews Nike and Rolex, he’ll shut down the party for outsiders again. And what will we behold? A 22 YO blonde from Sweden this time, playing Mermaid aboard Privacy. Because they don’t get any Whiter than Northern Europe. THAT’S the magic if you ask me.

    Here’s hoping he doesn’t turn chasing new pussy into a sin by getting married again.

  124. ex-banker says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    If going for the flagstick on 12 is not folding under pressure, I don’t know what is.

  125. LondonBob says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    If Tiger had gone first on the 12th he would have gone in the water, the wind had changed, the last few all went in the water so perhaps something the caddy should pick up on, and Tiger realised that after Molinari went in the water. I agree I was too harsh on Molinari, it really was random luck, although he did buckle a bit after.

    • Replies: @Honesthughgrant
  126. When Jordan Spieth won two majors in 2015 I thought he would be the next dominant golfer.
    However he has cooled off since then. This year he has really struggled. I would like to see him
    comeback and get another major win or more.

  127. @Steve Sailer

    I’m not sure if you were replying to me, this commenting system is unique.

    I never said that AN was representative of the South. It is however representative of BOBBY JONES, who stood for honor, integrity and sportsmanship. And TW besmirched that, irrefutably.

    May as well root for that other exemplar of honor and virtue, Bill Clinton.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  128. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Anon

    It is a very difficult and challenging sport. To be at the top of any sport requires a level of discipline and excellence that only one in a million human beings possess.

    That is why he is admirable. And that is why we are excited about his accomplishment.

  129. @LondonBob

    If Tiger had gone first on the 12th he would have gone in the water, the wind had changed, the last few all went in the water so perhaps something the caddy

    Well maybe. All three of them – in the last group – knew that Koepka and Poulter had hit it the water. But Molanari STILL went for the Pin, and got a bath. Tiger, with 20 years of Masters experience under his belt, played it safe and went for the Center of the green. Finau hit after Tiger and went for the pin and….got wet.

    I’m not too sure who, out the six men in the last two groups, was 1st in the water. But even if Xandau Shuffleboard had made it OK and went first, it still means that 3 of the 4 who got a bath, saw someone else put it in the water before them. So, they knew the winds were dangerous and STILL went for the pin!

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  130. I just wanted to make my usual rant about Ben Hogan. This guy is mostly forgotten – and completely underestimated by people who just count “Majors”. Hogan played in ONE British Open and won. He won the 1942 US open – and then the USGA decided not to count it as a US Open. He missed 9 other American Majors because of WW2. He missed 4 majors in 1949 because of injury, and couldn’t play in the PGA (Match play) after 1948 because of his legs.

    So, from 1950-1955, he played in only 13 Majors – yet he won 6 – never finished out of the top 10, and came in Second – 3 times. Of course, “What if” is meaningless, but the man probably would’ve won another 6 majors if he’d been healthy or played in the British Open from 1946-1952.

  131. Brutusale says:
    @Steve Richter

    This Masters highlighted everything the late Dan Jenkins had to say about the modern PGA. The older guys were playing for short money and endorsements were nowhere near what they are now. They had to strap it on and hustle every hole. Today’s PGA pro, playing for millions every week, is perfectly summed up in the Johnson comment. Oh well, on to next week

    The modern pro has quite a pile of money to play for; 21st place paid $107,956. Two of the guys tied for 21st were Rory McElroy and Jordan Speith, for whom that cash means very little. Billy Casper won a whopping $25K for winning the 1970 Masters.

  132. @Desiderius

    You must be a Cincinnati Red Leg fan.

    Being a native New Englander and current Masshole, I have been treated to radio play-by-play legends like Ken Coleman, Ned Martin, both deceased, as well as Joe Castiglione who is now in his 37th season.

    I remember ole Marty being part of NBC’s TV coverage of the ’75 WS. Dick Stockton, then TV play-by-play for the Sox, was also part of NBC’s coverage. That series still rates as numero uno in my book.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  133. @Jim Christian

    Tiger’s taste in women is hard to understand. He had a beautiful wife and the ones he fooled around with all looked like Hooters rejects. His current gf isn’t even a 5.

    All the slobbering is excessive, but he is a ratings bonanza.

  134. @IRememberAmericaAsItWas

    And TW besmirched that, irrefutably.

    No one’s refuting it. Augusta’s in the heart of the Bible Belt. We’ve forgiven worse sinners than Tiger, as I’m sure Jones did in his day. AN is amazingly gracious because the people who make her so believe to the depths of their bowels in the amazing grace of God.

  135. @Honesthughgrant

    Xandau Shuffleboard

    Schauffle has a little Hogan in him.

  136. @Liberty Mike

    Marty replaced Al Michaels, believe it or not. In his prime there were few better. I went to high school with Thom. Nuxhall was like Trump and ended up beloved by all.

  137. @Desiderius

    My disdain for him stems from his cheating at golf, not marriage.
    At the Masters, what 3 years back or so, he moved his ball, improving his lie. The world saw it, live tv.
    To me, Golf is admitting the act, withdrawing and preserving the honor of the game.
    To play lawyerball like he did; at that Masters, and at the Phoenix open in 99, and to have the membership back his play-solely on racial grounds, imo- detracts from what drew me to the game 35 years ago; the old fashioned, (ever disappearing) integrity and American-ness of the game.

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