Posted on August 28, 2018 by: Kyle Risko
We finally get the matchup we’ve been asking for. Tiger Woods and Phil “Lefty” Mickelson announced their $9 million, winner-take-all match will be played Friday, Nov. 23 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.
Now, there are big names in golf that we all know. There are superstars like Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, fan favorites like Ricky Fowler, and even villains like Patrick Reed and Bubba. Nevertheless, there is only one name that matters in golf that gets people (including myself) so wound up that they forget football is right around the corner.
And it’s Tiger.
That’s right, whether you are glad to see his triumphant return or wish he stayed in the shadows of injury forever, there is just one truth: Tiger is the only golfer that really matters. He cranks up ratings and doubles galleries wherever he goes.
On the flip side, there are other future hall of famers and all-time greats out there, such as Phil Michelson. Phil lovers are not Tiger lovers by nature, so this upcoming UFC style head-to-head showdown is a true Batman vs Superman type of matchup. That is what makes this Pay Per View worthy. This is not a persuasion piece to encourage you to open your wallets because, if you are reading this, that is already a foregone conclusion. But, this is a piece about who you should root for once you’ve spent the money.
Here are three reasons you should root for Tiger on Black Friday, and every weekend:
- It’s bigger than him: When you root for Tiger, you are rooting for the game of golf to succeed, for comebacks, for under dogs, and for one of the most successful and culture-changing athletes the world has ever seen. We would not have the stars and TV darlings previously mentioned without him.
- He’s relatable: I know, this seems ridiculous since most of us don’t know what it’s like to have a yacht, ride in private jets or even use a new glove each time you play a round or hit the range. However, Tiger wears his emotions on his sleeve and we all know what that’s like. The second the ball is in the air, whether it be a 300-yard drive or an 80-yard wedge, you know exactly how Tiger feels about the shot. He gives you a preview of what you are about to see that Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson don’t dare display, because golf is a gentlemen’s game. Well, the reality is that most of the 18 handicaps out there are not gentlemen (sorry guys) and like to watch someone who is so passionate about golf that he can’t even keep his emotions in for a 4 second wedge shot.
- It won’t last: As well as he is playing this year and as fast as that swing speed continues to be, he is 42 years old and his back is only going to hold up for so long. We all can be as optimistic about it as we want, but this comeback or second half of his career is limited. So, even if you are a Phil fan and he is your guy, what is Phil without Tiger? All the greats need a rival and the truth is there isn’t another future hall-of-famer in Phil’s age range to fill that void. Without Tiger, Phil is just the old guy on tour that plays well every once in a while, doesn’t like to follow the rules, dances like my 3-year-old son, and really needs to give that forehead some time in the sun.
When trying to predict the outcome of what’s to take place at Shadow Creek Golf Course, there are not many stats that would steer anyone in either direction. Let’s face it, these guys are both post 40 years old and streaky at best when it comes to putting a 68 round together. They are both shaky off the tee and have incredible ball striking skills from inside 200 yards. I give the nod to Phil in the short game and Tiger on the greens.
But that’s not important.
What is important is that you put your morals and values aside (unlike my esteemed cohost) and root for Tiger. It’s just better for everyone.
I just hope Michael Buffer does the introductions on the first tee.