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Out of the Woods: Tiger at the Masters

By Kaleb Page

April 8, 2015

If you happened to be tuned in to the sports world over the weekend an announcement was dropped in the golfing community.

Stop the presses!

Tiger Woods is back for the Masters.

Over the Easter weekend Woods announced he officially would be in play for the green jacket, but his ranking of 111 in the world doesn’t speak the volumes an announcement did when he was still in the top 10 in the world.

Now that is my opinion, but if you look elsewhere like on SportsCenter or Fox Sports the announcement brought a halt to anything going on and a breaking news notice. Now granted it is Tiger. Tiger will always draw a crowd no matter what the situation and its understandable because he once was the unstoppable force of golf.

However, I think the major outlets could be going down the wrong path with this Masters. If things are going to be focused on Tiger and his chase for another green jacket, aren’t we losing evolving the game of golf?

Especially in the fact of new fans and excitement toward what stars are on the horizon.  It will be interesting to see how the likes of Rory McCIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Dexter Fowler and Jordan Speith do when the event starts on Thursday.

Those are the young guns to look for at the event along with guys like Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia who have been around awhile and will make their push for the jacket later in the weekend.

Is it weird that I’m essentially saying leave Tiger be and instead focus on someone else? I’d like to think I’m not the only one. Do I want Tiger to find his stride again…for sure, but is it the time to be all eyes on him…no.

At this rate we will never see the Tiger of old and like most things in life we hype up, the hype is too much and then we become underwhelmed by what we ultimately get. Instead we should be hyping up the field (all the other golfers I mentioned above). It not only will create a better story line to follow but it would also set up for something even more special.

Now the scenario is hypothetical but say with the focus on others and their success, it creates huge buzz for new fans and makes an interesting dynamic if another story arises. A story of epic proportions that was built the right way by actual substance rather than hype. One involving an epic final day at the Masters.

Listen closely through the woods. The legend is coming for the jacket.

Do you hear it?

It’s that unmistakable roar of the Tiger.

 

Another knock to Tiger Woods’ Performance

By Alex O’Connor

With the monster year that Rory McIlroy had in 2014, the golf world is starting to wonder if a new trend setter has emerged in the industry. McIlroy has won four major championships, including two in the past year and is only twenty-five years old. The phrase “future of golf” has been connected to his name as he has won two majors in the past year and had numerous other top-10 finishes in 2014. Recently, golf legend Colin Montgomerie exalted McIlroy while putting a struggling Tiger Woods down even further. In regards to McIlroy’s current playing, Montogmerie reported to Kicca.com that “Is he going to be able to get back, not just to the levels he was, but better than that? Because that’s where Rory McIlroy’s taken the standard of golf: to one level beyond where Tiger was.” In regards to the potential of McIlroy wining all four majors in a year, “That’s another question on people’s lips within our game. Can he win all four in a year, never mind two.” The level of dominance McIlroy has shown in the last year has been impressive, but a question needs to be risen if the high praise from Montgomerie is warranted in the right ways.

The UK Daily Mail took numerous excerpts from Montgomerie’s interview to shape their article about how McIlroy is on the rise, though editor Chris Cutmore did emphasize Woods’ impressive resume. Cutmore noted the fourteen majors that Woods has won as well as his longest-standing number one record for a large majority of his McIlroy’s career. Once Cutmore acknowledged Woods’ accomplishments, he emphasized Montgomerie’s comments while incorporating McIlroy’s impressive performance over the past few years. While Woods has recently had a change in swing coach and has been hampered by injuries for the past year, media presence has been relatively negative surrounding him. Woods has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, and played competitively in a limited capacity in 2014. The new reports by The UK Daily Mail as well as on Kicca.com have supplemented the negative media attention around Woods.

In the current state of golf, there may be a changing of power in golf. Tiger Woods has been the face of the gold world for almost fifteen years, but his injuries may be limiting him. Currently, Rory McIlroy has been given the rank of Number one in the world and has no signs of slowing up. Colin Montogmerie’s comments are yet another knock to Tiger Woods and he will need to overcome his troubles in the media as well as on the golf course.