I know this sounds snobbish of me, but I want Tiger Woods to win the tournament he is playing in this week.
It’s something called the Valspar Championship. He is a shot behind a young man from Canada named Corey Conners.
Snobbishness? Well, my desire to see Tiger win is to see some excitement generated in professional golf. Conners hasn’t won yet on the pro golf tour. His day will come. I just don’t want it to come this weekend.
You know how I feel about Tiger Woods. He turned out to be a dirt bag of a husband. He cheated repeatedly on his wife, a former Miss Sweden for criminy sakes! She caught him cheating, kicked him out of their mansion and Woods’s career nosedived not long after that.
He’s had some injury, multiple surgeries, a couple of aborted comebacks.
Woods does play with a certain panache. He is so damn fun to watch on TV. I noted in an earlier blog post that he might be “bigger than the game,” although he surely wouldn’t ever say as much out loud.
Woods will be paired with young Corey Conners on Sunday. They’ll get to go head to head. If Corey holds up under the pressure and fends off the greatest golfer of his age, then he well could launch himself into a potentially great career in professional golf.
If Woods’s latest comeback produces his first win in five years, that will make the Earth shake under golf’s feet.