Talking Points: Hold back the Tiger excitement
Monday, June 4, 2012
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Yahoo Sports writer/national columnist Jay Busbee is one writer not getting too excited about Tiger Woods' latest victory. He writes ...
Let's get this out of the way first: Despite winning his second event of the year, Tiger Woods is not "back." Tiger Woods will never be back to the levels of popularity and skill he reached in the early 2000s. That time is gone, a memory, no closer now than grainy YouTube videos.
But the Tiger Woods of 2012 is still, by any objective measure, one of the very best golfers in the world. Indeed, were it not for the fact that he was once the most dominant athlete on the planet, we'd be talking of him in glowing, can-you-believe-this terms. He's now won as many events as any golfer on the PGA Tour this year (two), he ranks near the top in most major statistics and he closed out the Memorial on Sunday afternoon with one of the most masterful closing stretches of the season.
Naturally, all the talk over the next few days will be about whether or not Woods has finally recovered from a stretch of woes that dates back to November 2009. Until he wins a major — heck, until he can go more than a few weeks without missing a cut — he's not recovered not by any comparative definition.
A few years back, a tennis player getting soundly beaten by Roger Federer at the U.S. Open on Arthur Ashe Stadium, challenged a line call on the last point of the match.
This player knew the correct call was made, he just wanted to stay in Ashe Stadium a little longer with Federer.
Flash forward to Sunday at the French Open where "lucky loser" David Goffin, 21, of Belgium was facing his idol Federer on one of the main stadium courts.
Goffin didn't need technology to keep him on the court longer. He managed just fine himself by taking Federer to four sets before bowing out.
"I will never forget this moment," Goffin told reporters after the match. "I hope I will have a lot of moment like this."
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