In what was pretty much his only public interview all year, Tiger Woods talked about the 1997 Masters last week on Good Morning America. He was there to promote his new book, “The 1997 Masters: My Story,” and give an update on his physical health.
On Tuesday morning, Golf Channel analyst, Brandel Chamblee, was asked in a teleconference whether he thinks there is a chance we see Woods play in Augusta next week.
“I do. I do,” Chamblee said. “If you can believe anything that you read on social media – I know that his coach has been down there, and they’ve been hitting a lot of golf balls down in Palm Beach. The way I understand it, he’s been practicing quite diligently. So it wouldn’t surprise me if Tiger showed up at Augusta National.”
“In some ways, it’s a somewhat forgiving golf course off the tee, so it can kind of seduce you into thinking, yeah, maybe I can get it around there,” Chamblee added. “Even when he was struggling with his short game, what was it, back in 2013, he showed up there and put together some pretty decent golf. So you know, in some ways, it can be a somewhat forgiving golf course; many others, quite cruel.”
The fact that it has been 20 years since Woods captivated the golf world by becoming the youngest player to ever win a green jacket is a sobering reminder of how fast time flies. If you watch highlight clips of Woods during that 1997 Masters, it’s also a cruel reminder of how unforgiving Father Time is.
To see Woods return would be one thing, but too see him actually play well would be a serious treat. No fan ever wants to watch an all-time great succumb to age and attrition, which is by and large what we have seen from Woods in the last few years.
Players such as Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day have done their part to carry the mantle since Woods began his sharp descent into an unrecognizable form on the course. But let’s be real, none of them have scratched the surface of the global star power the 14-time major winner still has today, let alone what he had in his prime.
This is why The Masters is basically a week-long holiday in the golf community. If Woods is able to play and play well next week in Augusta, that would be the kind of thing you really cannot script.
h/t: golf.com, golfchannel.com