Like many of you, I stayed inside on our snowy Sunday and watched one of the biggest comeback stories in sports history. Tiger Woods had come on the seen with a roar in the 1990s. I’m an Evans Scholar and heard about this phenomenal kid-golfer from a friend in the Western Golf Assn back in the early 90s.. Tiger won the Western Amateur here in West Michigan in 1994 as a teenager. In 1997, Tiger won the Masters by an unbelievable 12 shots and then the U.S. Open in 2000 by 15 shots. This shot on the 15th hole at Augusta is arguably the best shot made in golf history (“in your life, have you seen anything like that!”).
Tiger had 3 back operations, didn’t play in a tournament in 2016 and attempted only one tournament in 2017. At one point he wondered if he’d ever play golf again, much less win another Masters. Then yesterday, he earned his 5th green jacket a Augusta….easily one of the top comebacks in sports history.
This daffodil reminds me a Tiger. It’s right by my front door. This is a pic. I took Sunday afternoon, during a commericial break in the tournament. A couiple days ago it was upright and blooming pretty. Sunday is was bent over – beaten down by the snow and cold. But this is a daffodil – a bulb flower designed to withstand a period of cold and snow. In a couple days this daffodil will be upright and blooming like nothing ever happened. Same for all the early tulips that have wilted in this last gasp of winter in Holland MI. They’ll be blooming pretty during the Tulip Festival in early May.
Side note – someone asked me about Jack Nicklaus (who was not at the Masters this year) Jack will be 80 years old on his next birthday. That makes me feel old!