So it looks, more and more, like Tiger will be playing in next week's Masters. He played 18 holes at Augusta on Tuesday and is still listed as a participant for the tournament. Now I certainly would say his comeback from that car crash is impressive.
But I've been watching reports that refer to his Tuesday practice round and his return to the course as courageous and heroic. Hold on a second - let's not get carried away here. It's a remarkable comeback, but he had the best medical support money can buy, every step of the way. And yesterday he flew on his private plane to Augusta ,Georgia, had a car, and probably a driver waiting for him. He had his caddy there to carry his bag, and he played 18 holes of golf without a cart with his son and his friend.
If at any point he had a medical issue of any kind, he could stop playing and get a ride back to the clubhouse.
Courageous? Right after the crash, sure , but not on Tuesday.
Let's leave words like courageous and heroic for those who -fight in wars for us, keep us safe in our communities, and discover cures and vaccines for disease.
If Tiger plays next week, I will certainly be watching. And I will be amazed at his quick bounce back from near death in that crash.
Much more than anything, I believe, I would've done.
So call him an uber athlete.
Call him a once in a generation competitor.
Call his comeback inspiring.
I've got a few people on my heroes list before I get to Tiger.
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