Due to the young age and inexperience of Tiger Woods, he has only achieved victory in 26 tournaments, of which four of those are major championships. This caliber of results is an extreme rarity, but he has still won relatively few tournaments compared to Nicklaus. Jack Nicklaus won an outstanding one hundred tournaments, which
In presenting a theory about myself as a leader, I will attempt to draw conclusions about my strengths and weakness as a leader based on the things learned in this class. I will speculate on a reflective leadership best-self-portrait through my work experiences that draw on my interpersonal resources for vision. Recognizing my talents and shortcomings will help develop both micro and macro levels of resource development needed to reach my full potential.
Golf also produced its legend from the era, Bobby Jones. “In the span of 8 years, Jones won 13 national championships, both in Europe and the United States. He was the original hot headed golfer, known to either play brilliantly, or to implode on the course”(Boland par 21). Bobby undoubtedly prevailed in golf and no one could stop him.
True to form, Woods only got better in 2000, when he capped off an impressive first half of the year by winning his third major, the 2000 U.S. Open, in Pebble Beach, California. The No.1-ranked player in the world, Woods outclassed the competition by a record margin, winning the tournament by 15 strokes and breaking the standard for a major tournament set by Tom Morris at the 1862 British Open. In July 2000, Woods won the British Open, becoming--at 24--the youngest player ever to win all four major titles: the PGA Championship, the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the British Open. A month later, he successfully defended his 1999 title at the PGA Championship in a playoff victory, becoming only the second player (after Ben Hogan in 1953) to win three major titles in one year. He won the Canadian Open, his fifth tournament of the summer (out of the seven that he played), in September.
Imagine the sun bursting through the trees for the first time of the new day, the smell of freshly cut grass still potent to your nose as you tee the ball up for a round of golf in the cool mist of a spring morning. "That is what brings you back every time, the smell of the air, the coolness of the whether and the beautiful surroundings that make every shot enjoyable." (Suess, PI) This is the game of golf in its finest and most exquisite time to many people and many people it has touched in its long history. Golf is a lifestyle and not just games to people that are avid in playing. The game of golf has a history that is rich in technological advances and personal accomplishments, which through time has shown to shape
One man began to bring the game to America, Walter Hagan. In 1921 he became the first American-born professional golfer to win the PGA Championship, and a mere nine months later, he also became the first American-born professional golfer to win the British Open. Hagan was able to bring the appeal of golf to more Americans by defeating the British and bringing two Championships home. Bobby Jones also
Did the golfing gods continue to have it out for me? Were they still pissed because I abandoned the game in spite of having the talent to hit a high fade or low draw at will with one iron, but lacked the balls to stare down the abyss at the end of a three-foot putt? Had they really bothered to chase me all the way from the lush tropical parkland courses of my native Florida to the southern edge of the Sahara desert in order to extract their justice? Like when other things that had happened to me since arriving in Africa, it was not the first time I had wondered if I was not enduring some divine retribution.
Tiger Woods stats on the PGA Tour are truly unbeatable. He has won 79 events on the PGA Tour, has won 14 major championships, and set the most consecutive number of cuts made at 143, according to PGATour.com. Additionally, he has set records in all areas of the game: best record of winning a tournament after a 54-hole lead, 54-4, best percentage of wins, 25.2%, only player to win 3 consecutive US Amateur Championships, only player to win all 4 major championships in a row, lowest PGA Tour average in a season, 67.79 and lowest average in PGA Tour history, and has won more World Golf Championships with 16 and the next closest has only won 3.
The whole unpleasantness which can result from an errant shot is tolerated for those rare shots that are ecstasy from beginning to end. The perfect, vibrationless contact of club and ball, the shadow of the ball painted against the sky, the sight of the ball nestled close to the flagstick, the feeling of triumph that results from that extremely improbable sequence of events all make up for the time and frustrations needed to learn the game.
“Given the year we just experienced in golf, it would be phenomenal if we see anything in 2001 that will even remotely compare. We witnessed an incredible season by the game’s most dominant player-in this era or any other. We saw how fans and players alike could respect the game in an international competition. And, we have seen the game’s visibility skyrocket” (Strange 20).
Since the age of four, when I was barely old enough to swing a putter, I have loved the game of golf. My dad, passing his love of the game down to me, would take me out every Sunday to Woods Edge Golf Course in Edgewood; he taught me the ins and outs and the dos and don’ts of the sport. One of the earliest memories I have of these trips to Woods Edge is being a mere couple of inches from driving the cart into a pond while dad was teeing off; this would definitely be considered a don’t in the world of golf. I received my first set of clubs for Christmas when I was eight and a year later, a pass to Pin Oak. Boy was I thrilled. I began to golf by myself and learn my own lessons through my experiences on the course. But as I grew as a golfer on my own, my dad was still there tweaking my swing in the back yard and taking trips to Edgewood with me. My dad is a big reason why I have a passion for the game of golf.
Many people take up Golf thinking that it is easy, after all, how hard can it be to hit a little white ball with a stick? This thinking evaporates the first time they step onto a driving range and attempt to hit that little white ball. Golf is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. My experience with golf began in May of 2005 when friends came to stay with us; my wife informed me that I would have to take Roy, her friend’s husband Golfing. I had not been to a driving range (since I was in my teens) and I had never played golf on a course before. It was quite an experience; the weather was cold, rainy and nasty the three times we played while they where here, the game hooked me badly, even with the bad shots and the nasty weather.