American golfer Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour event in five-years, yesterday, at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia.
With that victory, Tiger has roared back into golfing highlights and has sparked renewed interest in an often boring game, which has netted its best audiences when Tiger does very well.
His command for the game of golf enticed me in 2000, to attend my first and only golf tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, at Bay Hill, Florida, where my two older sons got to witness a Tiger victory, down the street from where he then lived at Isleworth, and across the street from our home at Dr. Phillips, Florida.
Although I'm not, and I have never been a fan of golf, Tiger's phenomenal play over the years, has made me a fan of his. Inspired by his mixed-race heritage and his domination of golf prior to injuries and other setbacks, I believe Tiger has and will always be an extraordinary asset to golf.
Born in 1975 to an African American father and a Thai mother, Tiger Woods wooed the golf world and created much interest for the game of golf via television audiences and attendances in the late 1990s and up to a time following his father's death in 2006. Whether or not Tiger would admit, his father's passing adversely impacted him. A divorce and gossip of relations with waitresses and four painful back surgeries, overwhelmed Tiger's performances in golf.
Now at age 42, it appears that Tiger has re- found himself by winning his 8oth PGA victory and placing himself ahead of golf legends Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He sits just two victories shy of the all-time PGA leader, Sam Snead. Tiger is also a 14-time major winner.
We welcome Tiger back to the limelight and we wish him the very best.