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June 21, 2008

On and off the course: An open letter to Tiger Woods

After the announcement on Wednesday of Tiger Woods season-ending surgery, I read and heard many opinions of what Tiger should or should not have done. I thought about what I would say to Tiger if I could get a letter to him, so here it is:

Dear Tiger,

First of all, I must say congratulations on winning the U.S. Open once again. It was probably your most impressive performance yet, even though you didn’t play the best golf you are capable of playing. As the world watched, we could tell you were in pain, but for the most part you did a pretty good job of hiding it. With your tee shots missing many fairways, and putting yourself in places that most of us could relate to (except for that part about distance from the tee!), your biggest asset, your mental toughness, really showed up. Oh, and you had a little help in scoring from a short game that was working just as well as ever.

You maybe even had a little luck. When you chipped in from the rough next to the green on number 17 on Saturday night, your face was an open book. It said, “Uh-oh, I’ve hit it too hard” to be followed closely by “That went in? That was lucky, because I would have been 10 feet past the hole.”

That was only part of an amazing Saturday performance. My husbands’ family had gathered together that night to celebrate a birthday and father’s day combined, and for the first time ever, we all sat around the television and watched golf, even a brother-in-law who usually only watches car races. Everyone was glued to the tube, enthralled waiting for what might happen next. Even though people enjoy watching powerful drives, the biggest cheers were for the amazing putts. If it weren’t for your virtuoso performance with the flat stick, your U.S. Open would have just been another round of golf. The 66-footer from the very back of the 13th green for eagle elicited a roar that may have registered on a Richter scale!

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