Professional golf is by nature, an individual competition. There are very few chances for pro golfers to contribute to the success of a team. And there are even fewer chances for them to actually lift the spirits of their entire country through a team experience. The Ryder Cup scheduled for October 1-3, 2010, pitting the best from the USA against a team representing Europe’s finest, provides just such an opportunity.
Everyone on Team USA will be in a great position to raise his profile and to enhance his image … and while his profile may actually have been a little too high recently, absolutely no one has a more pressing need for an image makeover than Tiger Woods.
By now, pretty much everyone knows the details of the Tiger Woods situation. Tiger is no longer particularly feared, and if the statements of certain European opponents are to be taken seriously, he’s no longer particularly respected either. After Woods limped to the finish in the PGA recently, Rory McIlroy the young mop-top phenom from Ireland threw down the gauntlet … saying basically that he thought the European team would like nothing better than to have a shot at Tiger in Wales this year.
It’s easy enough to see why the “Wee Irishman” would feel so confident. This is just a further sign as to how far Woods’ status as the greatest golfer in the world and his potential to become the greatest of all time, has fallen.
Not only has Tiger not been dominant on tour in 2010, he has absolutely never carried even his own weight as a Ryder Cup team member, let alone carried the team on his shoulders.
So, regardless of his recent trials and tribulations, if Tiger manages to play really well for the USA in the upcoming Ryder Cup, it will be the first time.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a Woods fan. I think Jack Nicklaus is the best of all time and I’ve never wanted Woods to break his records. Still, up until recently, I was resigned to the inevitability of it eventually happening.
No … I’m not a Tiger woods fan … BUT, if Tiger were to actually help the USA Ryder Cup team to a victory this year, it would go a long way toward winning me over.
Yeah, yeah I know .. Tiger Woods is probably not really all that worried about winning Judson over … individually, I am not that big of a deal for sure. It’s true … I’m just a hack blogger, but I don’t think I’m alone.
I think if he’s smart, Tiger will realize that there are a LOT of people he could win over and win back if he could be productive against the Euros. With an heroic showing in the Ryder Cup, he could essentially restore his tarnished image in no time at all. Being the star of a win for USA this year would do as much or more for his legacy than breaking the all-time record for major tourney victories.
He may or may not be thinking along these lines. Heck, until team captain Cory Pavin made his selections, I didn’t think that Tiger should (or would) even be selected for the team this year.
No doubt about it, this is a huge opportunity for Tiger Woods.
Maybe the opportunity of his life.