Tiger Woods as a Symbol of the Left

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Tiger Woods as a Symbol of the Left

I am an avid golfer and very much a fan of the PGA Tour. Like every­one else, I was impressed by Tiger Woods and rooted for him in his early years on the tour. I did think it was a bit unfair when he had the gallery move a boul­der for him at the 1999 Phoenix Open, but I did enjoy many of his early exploits. How­ever, I stopped root­ing for him many years ago, and not because of his off-​course exploits. No, I stopped root­ing for him even before that because of the foul lan­guage and emo­tional out­bursts he too often exhib­ited on the course.

I do think it’s great that he’s finally healthy and able to play in tour­na­ments again, but I find it rather ridicu­lous when he is cov­ered as the main story in a tour­na­ment that he has no chance of win­ning. And while it’s true that he has played well in the British Open and PGA Cham­pi­onship recently, I don’t fol­low the hype that this means he’s going to win 5 more major cham­pi­onships to break Jack Nick­laus’ record. In fact, I believe these two tour­na­ments show why he not only won’t win 5 more, but won’t win even one more.

Where Tiger used to be the men­tally strongest player on the tour, he is now dam­aged goods. He is mak­ing crit­i­cal mis­takes in key sit­u­a­tions and the more it hap­pens, the more frus­trated he will become and the more he will press and make more mis­takes. That does not mean that the media will not cover him like he’s always about to win the next tour­na­ment, even when he barely makes the cut.

It feels to me very much like how the polit­i­cal media are cov­er­ing the democ­rats. They are obvi­ously shaken from los­ing the last elec­tion, and they are mak­ing crit­i­cal mis­takes in pol­icy, from embrac­ing Social­ism to abol­ish­ing ICE. The media will con­tinue to put a pos­i­tive spin on every­thing the democ­rats do, like claim­ing moral vic­to­ries for democ­rats who lose spe­cial elec­tions or play­ing up can­di­dates who are trail­ing in the polls.

But the rest of us will see the vio­lence and intol­er­ance of the demo­c­rat base, like Antifa and Black Lives Mat­ter, and just like Tiger Woods’ out­bursts on the course, this will cause for­mer fans to root for some­one else. Tiger Woods will never win another Major, and there will be no “Blue Wave” in November.


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I am an avid golfer and very much a fan of the PGA Tour. Like everyone else, I was impressed by Tiger Woods and rooted for him in his early years on the tour. I did think it was a bit unfair when he had the gallery move a boulder for him at the 1999 Phoenix Open, but I did enjoy many of his early exploits. However, I stopped rooting for him many years ago, and not because of his off-course exploits. No, I stopped rooting for him even before that because of the foul language and emotional outbursts he too often exhibited on the course.

I do think it’s great that he’s finally healthy and able to play in tournaments again, but I find it rather ridiculous when he is covered as the main story in a tournament that he has no chance of winning. And while it’s true that he has played well in the British Open and PGA Championship recently, I don’t follow the hype that this means he’s going to win 5 more major championships to break Jack Nicklaus’ record. In fact, I believe these two tournaments show why he not only won’t win 5 more, but won’t win even one more.

Where Tiger used to be the mentally strongest player on the tour, he is now damaged goods. He is making critical mistakes in key situations and the more it happens, the more frustrated he will become and the more he will press and make more mistakes. That does not mean that the media will not cover him like he’s always about to win the next tournament, even when he barely makes the cut.

It feels to me very much like how the political media are covering the democrats. They are obviously shaken from losing the last election, and they are making critical mistakes in policy, from embracing Socialism to abolishing ICE. The media will continue to put a positive spin on everything the democrats do, like claiming moral victories for democrats who lose special elections or playing up candidates who are trailing in the polls.

But the rest of us will see the violence and intolerance of the democrat base, like Antifa and Black Lives Matter, and just like Tiger Woods’ outbursts on the course, this will cause former fans to root for someone else. Tiger Woods will never win another Major, and there will be no “Blue Wave” in November.


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