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I like wounded TigerPosted Sunday, June 15, 2008, at 9:46 PM
I like it when he's uncertain. He looks human.
Now before anyone accuses me of just being a hater or, worse, a racist, let me explain why.
I have always been a fan of the underdog. I'm also a fan close competition.
When Mr. Eldrick T. Woods is at the height of his powers, I get neither. He crushes the spirit of any would-be underdog and any trace of a competitive tournament is long gone by the turn on Saturday.
The man's talents are amazing, but the excitement of the tournaments is generally nonexistent.
I feel like I always did with Michael Jordan. I loved watching Jordan and was truly in awe. But I usually rooted for the other team because the Bulls' victories seemed like such foregone conclusions.
Now another generation of Nike poster boy does the same thing.
But something different happened this week at Torrey Pines. Tiger is recovering from knee surgery and has clearly been in pain at various times throughout the U.S. Open.
And yet he still tied with Rocco Mediate for the low score at the Open.
So today, a wounded Tiger will take on a perfectly healthy Mediate for 18 extra holes. Who are you betting on? The smart money's on the cat with the bum wheel.
This is the kind of golf I can watch. Although I was putting the paper together during Sunday's "final" round, I was still able to see the lead juggle between Woods, Westwood and Mediate. It looked absolutely riveting.
I expect the same Monday afternoon.
So here's what I propose: why can't Tiger be hurt all the time? Clearly he will still win his share of majors, which is what he wants.
At the same time, fans like me will get to have some excitement.
Sounds good to me. I'm sure Tiger will agree to it...
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Jared Jernagan is a 2003 graduate of Wabash College and has been in journalism since 2005.