As Francesco Molinari closed out a fantastic winning round at The 147th British Open, nobody seemed to pay any attention to him. All eyes were on the fantastic comeback of the veteran Tiger Woods. After an outstanding 5 under Saturday, everyone hoped for a vintage Tiger performance, and that’s what we all thought was happening. Woods came out of the first nine firing, while the rest of the leader board faltered. Through 9 holes Tiger held sole control of the lead, and his partner, and soon to be winner, Francesco Molinari trailed by one stroke.
Most of my favorite golfers like Fowler, Fleetwood, Finau, and Phil were already out of contention, so I was just hoping for a classic round of golf. I got what I asked for, and one play left all fans of golf with their mouths wide open. Tiger knocked his tee shot into a bunker on number 10, and he had a lot of work left to do. What would be a lot of work for some, isn’t much for Tiger. He ripped his second shot just onto the fringe of the green, and two-putted for par. A double-bogey on 11 would be Tiger’s demise, but he keeps inching closer and closer to regaining his major champion status.
Personally, I’m not a big Tiger fan, but I can understand his importance to the game of golf. Every time he’s in contention, people actually care about golf. Whether you love him or hate him, numbers don’t lie. Millions of people are tuning in for Championship Sunday’s when Tiger is at the top of the leader boards, and entire crowds seem to follow him at each event. Most fans seemed bummed that a “boring” player like Molinari won, but think of what Woods has done for him. The casual golf fan didn’t know who Molinari was before this weekend, and now the whole world knows his name. Playing your final round with the most popular golfer in the world makes everyone learn your name, and he’s gotta be grateful about that. Tiger might not have won this weekend, but he sure helped others win.
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