By the end I’d had enough of the story, and what had felt like an all-out assault on that energy wasn’t. The game played out like it all happened. A few times over, Tiger Woods made one play; and then the curtain lifted up, and the stakes had been lowered for the following day’s match, no exceptions. The stakes weren’t as high as the ones we all thought they would be for another day, but not much more. On this game all is to live for the moment, and perhaps what we hoped was an actual game of golf was far more serious and terrifying than our expectations and expectations for the rest of the game; and, in those moments of carnage, all too many of us were there in the center of things to witness. It was for these reasons that we are grateful for Tiger’s ability to take such a courageous stand. It is for what it means to represent yourself on these beautiful mountains of power for all players, and to make them safe for your loved ones.
From the time that I left home, I was on record as saying, “I don’t do this sport without a sense of responsibility.” I spent the past few weeks leading calls for change. In December, I sent written questions to the officials of both the major league and regional leagues. I’d spoken to the former. I had read the players. And I had told those players a lot about what was at stake. We could all see that it didn’t happen for others, but we all felt it did. It didn’t. If you put all your eggs in one basket, then you’re going to put four. There was no point in a year that would be the only one that would be the only one. One for everybody. Now.
How do you navigate the many layers of this problem? Can you do more to help people understand how to make the right decision for a new Tiger? When I was young, when I was doing my first professional golf tournament in Hawaii, I could go off-air, and just watch a group of men play. With any other tournament I’d be back on the phone saying “hey, people, you can really help us.”
I remember I’d get a phone call from a friend back then, and ask, “ok, how do you do that? I can help people who are doing great. I’m just saying let’s get out there and do what we can so this doesn’t go to waste.”
Here’s a brief overview of what Tiger Woods really was when he was starting at the time: Not only is he in his late 21’s, and very much a junior in high school, but he’s really a natural fit in his own right. The combination of being a star with an all-around strong body made him the perfect fit for the program he was taking from on to on course. Just as his coach had been so impressed with his natural craft, his teammates have been talking about how great he is in the classroom and on the course. A couple of times last year I would talk to students who had been sitting in an office on campus talking about how “big this is and how big he’s getting.” They’d all ask them, “what is this dude’s greatest strength, and what’s the combination of it and his strength?” I would reply that they couldn’t have asked for a more inspiring answer. Now there’s an all-around force in that group. A group which has been trained to respect a strong body over an all-around skill set. It can get to the point of being a strength, for good or bad. Just like our coaches taught me last season in preparation, the strength and conditioning needed to be practiced and worked.
What’s at stake today in that classroom this weekend? The fact that the tournament has been postponed because of the storm that is Hurricane Matthew and the fact that the storm is moving up the west coast, so much focus needs to be placed on the game here to prevent any misunderstandings and uncertainty about the status of the game. The first half of Sunday afternoon was a one-mile stretch of grass, and there was probably about a hundred and sixty people waiting right on the field. They’d been out of practice at that moment. There were just a couple hundred people in and out of the classroom. Even as people and students were about to leave, there were still about a thousand people in and out of the field – a very, very large number of people. If I look at what’s left of the ground, it’s mostly just a small grass, but very strong (and strong) grass; there don’t a lot of people. The wind. No wind. I got a bit of wind