April 14,2019 will go down in golf history as the day when pro-golfer and living legend Tiger Woods finally won his 15th PGA Masters win amidst an 11 year struggle of dealing with health problems and sex scandals which led to a fallen reputation with the public.
The saying—It takes years to build a good reputation and only a few minutes to destroy it—holds true in Tiger Woods’ case.
Rebuilding that reputation became the start of his resolve to return to pro-golf in fighting form but it took time for him to do so. It was the biggest gap in pro-golf history in terms of winning again .
He showed the utmost perseverance in dealing with his demons to hoping at least to be able to function physically well, realistically thinking at first that he might not be able to return to a fighting pro-golf form anymore. However, as he became more physically able to do so, he became more motivated to next get back to improving his golf game.
In the process, it helped build and improve his character as more humble,grounded and empathetic towards others.
His family and friends had stood by him,cheering him on.
Even his golf fans, corporate sponsors and fellow pro-golfers did as well,not only because they all believed in his golf talent but they could see that he made real effort to get back to fighting form and that he had already paid his dues.
His latest win symbolizes THE comeback and redemption in golf and I suspect, for other aspects in life outside the world of sports.
He is the prodigal son coming home to the world of pro-golf. How timely this situation is since we are all now entering this season of Lent. He practically resurrected from near oblivion and came back with a roar. The proverbial phoenix from the ashes indeed!
He could even write a book about the art of the comeback and redemption. Whatever, as Arnold Schwarzenneger would say—and paraphrasing it—Tiger Woods( The Face of Golf Of His Time) is back!
I could even hear the musical lyrics—Eye of the Tiger—from the Rocky III movie –humming inside my head—as I watched on TV—the greatest sport moment in my opinion–of all time or at least one of them in the annals of sports history, not just for golf.
Welcome home,Tiger! You deserved it!