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Tiger’s Triumph

Tiger Wins Masters
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Perhaps you heard the roar this afternoon. After all, it probably stretched from Augusta, Georgia to wherever you are.

Tiger Woods won The Masters again. Tiger Woods won a major tournament again. Tiger Woods took out an entire field of competitors again. Tiger Woods had crowds worked up to a complete frenzy again. Tiger Woods is back on top again.

Yes, this is the same Tiger Woods who saw his personal life implode due in large part to his selfish behavior and then saw his professional career implode due in large part to health problems.

This is the same Tiger Woods who many said during the peak of his career would go on to break every record in the game, but also the same Tiger Woods who at one point just a few years ago said he was done.

This is the same Tiger Woods who many love, and many…well, don’t. I get it, not everyone will be happy about his win today. But, I am.

You see, I relate to broken people. I am one.

I like seeing broken people pick up the pieces and find a renewed sense of purpose. I like comeback stories. I like watching people with an undying desire to win do exactly that. I like that a guy who’s basically the same age as me just won the biggest prize in his sport; one of the biggest prizes in all of sports. I like that it happened 11 years since he last won a major tournament and 14 years since he last won this tournament. I like watching the great ones do what they do.

I was rooting for Tiger from my recliner all day today. What a thrilling final round it was. I shouted and yelled when he made that final putt but I’ll admit, my cheers turned to tears afterward. If you missed it, here’s what happened next.

Tiger Woods Wins The Masters

Tiger’s reaction afterward – jubilation, relief, and who knows how many other emotions after such a long road where he hit rock bottom in life. That’s some good stuff, right there. Perhaps you have gone through some tough times in your life and by God’s grace have found your way to the other side of it. You might relate.

But, the moment he hugged his son and the excitement he felt to share the special moment with him…wow. All the other things I mentioned liking earlier take a back seat to that.

“It means the world to me,” Woods said, wearing another green jacket, “their love and their support. I just can’t say enough how much that meant to me throughout my struggles when I really just had a hard time moving around. Just their infectiousness of happiness, you know.

As someone who loves being a parent and someone whose children have meant more to me through the ups and downs of my life than I have time to write here, this was my favorite moment from today. I can relate to that infectious happiness kids provide and how much it means to get to experience that.

So glad they all got to experience today’s celebration together. Bravo, Tiger. Enjoy it.

Peaceful Paddling

My wife and I had a “staycation” of sorts this weekend…and it was everything we’d hoped it would be.

We’ve been on go, go, go mode for so long, it seems. This was an opportunity to recharge our batteries and just enjoy a few days together. As we sit here in continued relaxation mode afterward, both of us would tell you it definitely was worth it.

My parents are out of town for the week and so we went to their place for the weekend. They have a pool, the lake is nearby – why not? It was fabulous.

Granted, we were aided by essentially perfect weather. 70-something and sunny the past two days, with a nice little breeze in there at times. Amazing.

We did some poolside sitting (and napping), played a little golf,  sat and talked a lot, saw some friends for dinner one night. Simple pleasures.

What we did the most, though, was canoe. We spent probably seven or eight hours out on the water the past two days. Time well spent.

Sure, we threw our lures into the water in hopes of reeling in the big one while we were out there. But, fishing wasn’t the main attraction. Exploring a body of water I’d never really been able to before and getting to do that with my wife was a winning combination.

I’ve included a short video from one of the areas we were able to experience this morning. Hope you enjoy it at least somewhat as much as we did.

Peaceful paddling. Wonderful weekend. Batteries recharged. No complaints. 🙂

Good Times on the Golf Course

The strangest thing happened this evening. I played golf – reasonably well.

I have tried to think back through the years for another outing where I actually resembled someone who has any business actually being on a golf course and I’ve come up with nothing. I am below average, at best.

Still, tonight was nothing special in the big picture. My round was still not as good as a decent golfer’s bad round, but for me it was amazing…and I was loving it.

Multiple pars in a row. That’s never happened. Hitting approach shots to within five feet of the pin on multiple occasions. That’s new. Greens in regulation. Huh? Long putts dropping in. No way. Blind shots over trees with correct distance and aim. This was clearly not me.

I found myself saying ‘thanks God’ a lot of times out there. It was really neat to actually hit some decent shots on a regular basis. Beautiful evening. Nice course. Three-and-a-half hours of peaceful solitude. Ahh.

Little things in life make me happy. This very minor and less than spectacular thing qualifies as one of them. It was a good day 🙂

Masters Madness

What a day at Augusta National. The back nine on Sunday at the Masters is almost always must-see TV, but this year was ridiculous.

Plenty of storylines to go around. Gotta start with Tiger Woods returning to his old form and spending the afternoon near or at the top of the leaderboard – and in the process, making any outcome to the tournament relevant.

I mean, let’s face it. Without Woods doing his thing out there today, the fact that there were seemingly countless people in contention right until the end wouldn’t have attracted anywhere near as much attention from casual golf viewers. Tiger Woods is golf. Plain and simple. When he’s in contention, it’s something special to watch. There’s no one else like him and when he’s ‘on’ it is hard to turn away.

There was Rory McIlroy. The leader going into the final round and still the leader until the back nine until a triple bogey 7 on the 10th began a downward spiral, resulting in him shooting a 43 on the way in. Ouch. This kid will be winning tournaments for a long time but today was anything but his day.

It was almost painful to watch him out there after that triple bogey. To go from leading to several shots back in one hole, then progressively farther down the leaderboard after that is tough stuff.

You had the Australian angle with this one. Three Australians in contention to win and right until the guy behind them put his approach shot on the green at 18, two of them were looking to become the first Aussie to ever wear the green jacket.

Which of course brings us to Charl Schwartzel. How about making birdie on the final four holes to win – by two. Not bad, Charl. The fact that the CBS announcers barely mentioned him until the very end echoed the fact that this guy just found a way to make it happen at the end, without much of the fanfare the others were receiving.

It was quite an effort. Worthy of a victory, for sure. With all of the players who contended for much of the afternoon and all of the drama that came along with some very tight competition, Schwartzel made it relatively uneventful by the time he knocked in the final birdie (which at that point he didn’t even need) to win.

While I will admit that the Tiger factor makes it exponentially more exciting, I tend to watch the majors in golf no matter who’s up there at the top. There’s just something about watching these guys attempt to make shots that you know you couldn’t make if you practiced it 1,000 times in a situation where just one bad swing could cost them the entire tournament. When the level of play is what it was today, it makes it even more exciting.

Looking forward to seeing what happens at Congressional this June.