Mendoza: With Tiger out, will I wake up for Masters?

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Saturday, April 5, 2014


TIGER Woods will suffer terribly for having skipped the Masters April 11-14. The pain of the surgical process on his back would be nothing but an ant’s bite. It would be the mental anguish that would gnaw at the very core of his soul once the Masters is on and he is watching the drama unfold on TV. If, at some point of his viewing it he’d break down and suddenly hurl his glass of wine toward the idiot box, I won’t blame him.

The Masters has been his love, his laughter, his life.

Playing in the Masters has always been his dream since he was a kid. Winning it—all the time—has become an obsession that rivals that of Cleopatra’s insane, deathly, desire to cling on to Mark Anthony till her last breadth.

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He’s played the Masters since he was in high school.

When he won it first in 1997, he set 20 records, from youngest Masters champion (21) to his 12-shot winning margin. Incredible. Unbelievable.

He won the Green Jacket three more times. But after his fourth victory in 2005, he stopped winning.

Then only last Tuesday, he chose back surgery over a quest for a fifth Masters.

The operation was in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months—and his absence will surely affect TV ratings.

When Tiger plays, TV sales ads rise immensely, if not crazily.

“After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided in consultation with my doctors to have this procedure done,” Woods said on his web site. “I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters.”

“We wholeheartedly offered our best wishes for his immediate and long-term recovery,” said Augusta National chairman Billy Payne. “Tiger will be in our thoughts and will be missed by our patrons and all of us at the Masters Tournament next week.”

It would have been his 20th straight Masters since he tied for 41st in 1995 as the US Amateur champion.

But will it be my 20th straight routine to wake up at dawn watching the Masters next week—with Tiger absent? Umm.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 06, 2014.

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