Tiger Wins In Advance of Ryder Cup

I’ve written about golf previously here, and it was really hard not to fall into the narrative that is pervasive in golf these days. When Franceso Molinari won the Open Championship, lost in his victory was a strong performance by tiger Woods. Forget that Molinari was the first Italian golfer to win a major. Tiger looked good for the first time in X years and he got pretty close to winning (even though he didn’t really), and the stories were “Is Tiger Back?” and all that. I am guilty of writing that story as well.
When Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship, the stories again were focused on Tiger, though this time they may have been more warranted because he actually finished in second place, though Koepka had sealed it up with a few holes to go and the final margin was only as close as it was (2 strokes) because of a meaningless birdie by Tiger on his final hole. Those same “Is tiger Back?” questions persisted, and many people – including me – questioned whether two months of golf was enough to get Tiger on the Ryder Cup team (apparently it was).

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