Golf is a very picky sport to watch, even the number of professional athletes is not much. Not only in Vietnam, but also in the world.
Recently, golf has grown faster. However, according to Forbes, 85% of countries in the world have golf courses (208 out of 245 countries).
Also according to Forbes data, the number of public golf centers around the world, where amateur players are, has not exceeded 25,000.
Even so, Tiger Woods still overcome invisible barriers, including prejudice, to become one of the greatest sports athletes in history.
Tiger is even seen as a symbol of inspiring society, something not all stars can do.
One of the important factors that makes Tiger popular, besides talent, is his background. He is the son of an African-American ex-soldier. His mother is of Asian and Dutch descent.
As always, Tiger Woods is proud of his roots. He is proud of his ethnicities (Woods is related to 5 races).
From a very young age, Tiger Woods was exposed to golf. This is thanks to the military golf course where his father – an American veteran in Vietnam – worked.
Tiger’s talent was revealed early. He played amateur golf at the school level.
Tiger Woods received many offers from universities in 1994. His outstanding talent caused many prestigious schools to find ways to win.
Faced with many offers and scholarships, Tiger chose Stanford University. He plays golf while studying economics.
Tiger’s life cannot be without golf. He decided to turn professional in 1996. With a modern style, Woods won the first Masters on the PGA Tour system in 1997. At 21 years old, he is the youngest champion of all time.
In less than a year of playing professionally, Tiger Woods has risen to number 1 in the world. In the period 1999-2004, he held the No. 1 position for 264 consecutive weeks. Then, between 2005 and 2010, he was number 1 for 281 consecutive weeks.
He was the king on the golf course, became the king of money in the sports world.
The emotional troubles revealed at the end of 2009 dragged Tiger’s career down miserably. Many people who once idolized Woods turned to curse him.
The world still needs Tiger Woods
The marriage crisis, stemming from the cult love scandal, caused Tiger to collapse at times.
To find balance, Tiger turned to Buddhism. His mother has 50% Thai blood in her, so Woods was soon influenced by Buddhism. He has always admitted to being a religious person.
When Tiger Woods was at his peak, there were many campaigns against him. Many people think that Tiger makes golf unattractive, because he just wins.
It is said that it is no longer attractive to go to golf tournaments just to find out who is the owner of the runner-up position, after Woods.
Those who think like that are then forced to admit they are wrong. Thorough research, based on a variety of factors, including science, has proven: in tournaments where Tiger competes, other golfers are more determined than when he is absent.
Meaning that not only has an effect on fans and amateur golfers, Woods also inspires opponents.
Tiger Woods is back. Trouble stayed behind. Although no longer at the peak, this 41-year-old golfer still creates a great buzz, inspiring the golf world.
Simply, the golf world cannot be without the “tiger” Woods.
Dai Phong | 10:39 December 5, 2017