Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo
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AUGUSTA– There is a German proverb that says, “There is no off switch on a Tiger.”
Every professional sport has its hallowed ground. When you set out on that journey as a professional athlete you can only hope that one day you too for at least one moment will get a chance to walk where only a few legends have.
Trying to stay ahead of the storms the 83rd editions of the Masters was no walk in the park from the weather to the play but it will go down as one of the comebacks for the books. Wearing a power red mock turtleneck, Tiger woods has risen once again claiming his 5th green jacket and 15 major championships of his career since 2008.
It was only a couple years ago that the 43 yr old wasn’t even sure if he would ever return to the sport he not only was born to play but loved dearly because of life-changing injuries and of course his embarrassing off the course personal debacles. However, Sunday in Augusta will forever be frozen in time and go down as one great moment in sports history for Woods and for the sport itself.
The last time Tiger was green with envy in Augusta I was a Sophmore at Brown and not even legal (2005). Fast forward 14 years later he’s back on top it may have been slow and steady but it finally paid off in a beautiful fashion in more ways than one.
It seemed this time around you could tell Tigers demeanor and desire was determined more so than we had seen him in recent years. Believe it or not, this was the first time Woods had ever come back on the day of the tourney to clinch a championship.
The day seemed like a tug aware amidst the top contenders exchanging the lead but finally with a two-putt birdie on the 15th Woods took the lead for the 1st time. Finally, with his 8- iron in hand a tee shot of 3 feet and a clutch putt set him apart with a 2-shot lead. Tigers career was finally resurrected with a finishing 2- under par 70.
The enamored crowd that lined the 18th hole of Augusta is what you love to see in sports greatest moments. Chanting, “Tiger, Tiger, Tiger” as he claimed his place on top once more. As Tiger rushed to grab his 10-year-old son Charlie he was surrounded by his friends and family that have watched him overcome great strides to be back here again. You can’t help but be inspired by his triumph on pro golfs most hallowed ground this Palm Sunday talk about symbolism to the core. As they say in golf Tigers “Sunday Ball,” play finally “Stopped the Bleeding” in his career. Hats of to you Tiger and welcome back!
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“Life is a tiger you have to grab by the tail, and if you don’t know the nature of the beast it will eat you up.” ― Stephen King
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Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo is a Senior Editor and writer for Main Event Sports. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist, NFL Network content writer, and Brown University, graduate. She loves good cigars, good games and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @ Misskyus2011