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Posted April 1, 2015 in By Tom Brassell by Tom Brassell
The 104 spot on the FM dial is home to a number of great radio stations.
But the latest at 104 is one we never expected. A real hit from yesterday, a blast from the past that’s taken a huge fall in the charts.
A blues station down in Jupiter, Florida.
The Sony Official World Golf Rankings are out, and Tiger Woods has dropped out of the top 100 for the first time ever.
“Leapin’ Lizards and Golly Wow!”
In less than 90 days ago he’s dropped from 32nd in the world (which was unthinkable) to 104th. WITH A BULLET!
Say it isn’t so, someone!
Not this guy! Wasn’t it just yesterday the question was not “if” but rather “when” (he’d surpass Jack’s 18 professional majors)?
Others that came before him tried but weren’t up to it.
Tom Watson took Nicklaus down at Turnberry in 1977. But never passed him in majors.
Ben Crenshaw? Johnny Miller? Each had their time.
Jerry Pate? C’mon, man!
Even another young cub appeared and was the called “Bear Apparent” after winning the PGA in 1983 (Hal Sutton), but not has been heard him much since other than the, “Be the right club TODAY” line on the highlight clip shown by NBC around this time each year.
They all challenged Jack, but challenged to pass him? No way.
But, Tiger was different. We waited for him to arrive.
A guy who’s dad said that he would “do more than any other man in history to change the course of humanity.”
You bet we’ll wait for this guy.
I remember sitting in “Aw Shucks Oyster House” outside of TPC Sawgrass in 1992 with Ruffin Beckwith. He said they (the TOUR) couldn’t wait for this kid from Stanford to turn pro.
We waited. We watched.
And when he finally arrived, what we saw was nothing short of magic.
The majors rolled in faster than football national championships in the SEC. Sponsors lined up for the “chance” to sign him.
Even after all of the “Tiger-proofing” of courses and the endless scrutiny, the man still won majors. 14 of them.
The US Open in 2008 was maybe his finest.
It was also his last.
The question now is not “if” or “when” with regard to majors.
People are wondering will he ever win a golf tournament again.
ANY golf tournament.
“It’s all in his head.” “He has the chipping yips.” “His body can’t take it anymore.”
Just 15 months ago he was the tour’s leading money winner, the Player of the Year and the Vardon Trophy winner. WHEN Tiger wins again, this new “question” will be erased and we’ll be back to the next ones, in the order of “major” accomplishments:
And if he does somehow manage to do all the above, something tells me that we just might get a comment from him to all of the doubters similar to his remark to Jimmy Roberts after winning 2001 Players Championship.
“Nice slump, huh Jimmy?”
But then again, maybe we won’t.
Even the blues mellows over time.