Sadly it seems to me that this article won’t be relevant to my generation for about another 10 years, so please “bookmark” this page and make the appropriate notation in your day planner to re-read on September 17, 2017.
This is about golf. More specifically about Tiger Woods (which will haved replaced the term “golf”as the actual name of the sport by 2017, so to make sure you understand your day planner entry, write ‘re-read article about Tiger Woods and his dominance of Tiger Woods’).
This past weekend Tiger won the first ever FedEx Cup, and the 10 million dollar “retirement” bonus that comes with it. Tiger won this cup by winning 3 of the 4 playoff tournaments and finished off the feat this weekend at the “championship” by kicking the crap out of the other 29 finalists in the tournament and shooting a 23 under par, 257 total in four rounds. In his last five tournaments on the PGA tour, Tiger is 75 under par….. 75. He won 10.8 million dollars this year, playing in only 16 events.
More amazingly, in his victory of the FedEx Cup, Tiger won something that he was largely responsible for creating. The entire concept of a ‘playoff’ on the PGA tour is largely accredited to Tiger Woods’ (and to a lesser extent Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els) constant lobbying over the past several years to shorten the PGA schedule and allow for a longer “off season.” Now, for the average touring pro who is struggling to make a living, this sucks. Fewer opportunities to make a paycheck. But for guys like Tiger and Phil, it’s great. The point is, however, that Tiger Woods is so dominant in his sport right now, that he is actually having to invent crap for himself to win.
Right now, Tiger Woods is so important to the sport of Golf, that when he lobbies to change the internal structure of how the PGA is operated, he is successful. This would be akin to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning petitioning NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to shorten the play clock in between plays because it would increase the challenge to them in running their ‘no-huddle’ offenses. Sure it would screw everyone else who can’t get it right to begin with, but oh well, they weren’t going to win anyways.
I know most of the folks our age couldn’t give a damn about golf, but I thought it prudent to point out that Tiger Woods is probably the most dominant athletic force on the planet right now, and has been for sometime. When it’s all said and done he will likely go down as the greatest athlete of all time (insert comment about how golf is not a sport here…. and also here). Just remember where you were when he won umm… all the tournaments that he’s won, so you can tell your robotic grandchildren about it someday.