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Weird to me that Tiger Woods is such a fan-favorite. A lot of his problems were self-inflicted. Thoughts? – Jay B.
Yeah, I think that was a pretty common thought yesterday, even if you were rooting for him, and the vast majority of us seemed to be. But it’s easy to understand why fans were pulling for him to win The Masters for the first time in 14 years. He’s one of the most iconic and charismatic athletes in generations and one of the three or four most iconic golfers ever.
Beyond his place in our sports zeitgeist, it’s pretty much impossible to resist a comeback story of an aging star athlete, especially when it comes with an angle of redemption and it happens at the scene where he first broke through. (Tiger was famous long before the ’97 Masters, but that’s when he became a global star.)
I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. This jacket sure is comfortable. pic.twitter.com/LsOUX2dWH1
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 14, 2019
I’ll admit I did find the fathers-and-sons angle a little forced and maudlin, or at least incomplete in the telling. We know his Earl Woods wasn’t exactly a shining example of fatherhood. Here’s hoping Tiger sets a better example for his kids (and they never Google “Perkins waitress”).
Maybe his flaws and his struggles make him more relatable. Maybe it makes you feel a little younger to see him thriving again in that familiar setting. I understand why people wouldn’t.
I rooted for him, though.
Did you root for Tiger? I’ll hear you in the comments.