Golf’s yearly big event has finally arrived.
The Masters are held yearly in Augusta, Georgia, and once again Tiger Woods has shaken the foundations of the golf world. Among the top four betting favourites, Woods scored a first round -2. This means he scored two shots under par, the number of strokes it should take to complete the course.
Woods finished the first day of the tournament in a 10 way tie for the 11th spot on the leaderboard, yet made all of the day’s headlines. For a duration of about 1 hour early Thursday, Woods stood with several other golfers atop the leaderboard at -3 and the news began to spread.
I had just finished a job interview and on the drive home I had noticed the local sports radio show “Canucks Central” was talking about golf.
Yes, the Canucks had been eliminated from the playoff race and were hitting the links early this season, but why talk about the golf game of hockey players? That’s when I realized they weren’t really talking about golf, they were talking about Tiger.
After the short drive home I turn on the TV and the Sportsnet ticker on the bottom of the screen read “Tiger Woods in the lead at Masters”. I went on the reddit and the jealous girlfriend meme with Tiger as the object of attention was on the front page. Last year’s Masters featured Tiger as the betting favourite even though he had not been apart of the tournament for the past three years. Last year Woods won his first major tournament since 2014 and it became the most publicized moment in golf for 2018. The image of Tiger walking down the 18th hole with a sea of followers shadowing his steps as if he were a Beatle.
Tiger Woods is golf’s biggest star.
His hold on the golf world was incredibly tight from the first time he appeared on TV as a toddler. The man who received a Nike sponsorship at 19. The man who was shamed for his transgressions in the public eye. The man who golf never wanted to lose. Now golf crowds hang on to every chance to see the Tiger before he roars for the last time.