Thoughts of Spring and Time for Green...
It's the most wonderful time of the year... No, not Christmas! Though to many of us in the sports world it may feel like that. Baseball season begins, the NBA and NHL seasons head to the playoffs and Tiger Woods is once again trotting through the lush green pastures of Augusta National Golf Course in search of a Green Jacket. Yes, Tiger Woods is back! Just a mere 14 months after it seemed he would never play golf again, yet alone be able to walk normally (they were discussing amputating his leg after the horrific car crash), he carded a 1-under 71 in the opening round of the 2022 Masters Tournament. Now, for all things being said, Tiger has nothing left to prove in the world of golf. He's done it all. He's won every major championship, set course records, tournament records, broken just about every PGA record save for most number of Majors won (which he still may do) and is clearly one of the best golfers ever in the history of the game. Yet here we are, in the throws of the first full weekend in April, huddled around our television sets, or Amen Corner (if you're on the course) patiently awaiting our chance to yell "get in the hole" on a tee-shot or screaming as a ball rolls across the green to drop in the cup.
Tiger is in pursuit of his 6th Green Jacket, which would be another record, and somewhere in the hearts of everyone, even if we may not forgive his transgressions of the past, we still as golf fans love to see the story have one perhaps final chapter written on the side of happiness and success.
A tradition, unlike any other. The Masters.