First, let me thank everyone for their kind words of support while I took some much-needed time off to take care of some medical issues. Everything is looking great and you can all look forward to putting up with me here for a long time to come. Now, back to the golf!
I didn’t expect to be excited to see Tiger Woods back on a golf course, but dammit, I was. I ended up watching nearly every shot over his four-day return in the Bahamas. It was fun.
Numerous golf pundits and professionals were nearly shaking with excitement during the build-up for Tiger’s return to competitive golf at last week’s Hero World Challenge. At first, I rolled my eyes that the golf world had worked so hard to move beyond the Tiger era only to run so quickly back when the slightest chance allowed it. I then evolved to a point where I couldn’t really blame them because the excitement was good for business. Then, as Thursday's return approached, I realized I was as excited as any of them.
Market the new wave of young golfers dominating the game today all you want. Their hype added together doesn’t come close to the golden era of Tiger Woods. Attention equals money in the golf world and Tiger brings the attention. Sometimes for the better. Sometimes for the worse. Last week was for the better.
Golf needs a happy and competitive Tiger Woods to continue it's return to popularity here in America and around the world. Golf will survive without him, but there's no doubt that it's better off with him. So far, so good.
How far will Tiger be able to take this comeback? A healthy Tiger Woods walking the fairways of Augusta National in April seems very possible. Hype? You haven't seen anything yet.