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Class, Wisdom and Maturity Stands Out at the Masters—Tiger Woods Has to Look No Further Than the Top of the Leaderboard

posted at 9:34 am on April 9, 2010 by

Who says old guys can’t play tough in the majors?  Two of the classiest players in the game, one in his fifties and the other in his sixties are at the top of the leader board in the Masters after day one.  Freddie Couples, a huge fan favorite is at the top after firing a first round six under 66.  One stroke back with five others is Tom Watson who had two birdies in the first three holes, pared the next eleven straight and then birdied three of the last four holes for a five under 67.  Watson, who turned sixty last September and almost won the British Open last year at 59 still remembers how to play golf on the tracks that made him famous in the seventies.  Watson said he showed up early in the day to see two other legends tee off as honorary starters, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Nicklaus, (age 70), and Palmer, (age 80), both hit their tee shots off the first hole and then strolled off to the press tent, while Watson went out and fired one of his best rounds at Augusta. Watson hadn’t broke 70 at Augusta since 1996, yet the “old man” tied his best Master’s round in his career yesterday. 

Under the radar sort of, but not overlooked was Phil Mickelson, (who will turn forty in September), shooting a five under 67 with five others.   Also lurking only two shots back, a four time winner at the Masters who shot a 4 under 68 is feller named Tiger Woods.  Woods, at 34 years young*, is playing in his first tournament since his fall from grace last November when he crashed his SUV outside his driveway, followed by revealing stories of his infidelity over the past few years.

Also released Wednesday, was a new and controversial Nike ad featuring Wood’s dad who died in 2006, voicing questions about Tiger’s life choices:

“Tiger, I am more prone to be inquisitive, to promote discussion,” Earl Woods says. “I want to find out what your thinking was. I want to find out what your feelings are. Did you learn anything?”

With three more grueling rounds to go in the Masters, Tiger Woods may reveal to his dad, and the golf Gods just how much he has learned, or more likely what he hasn’t forgotten—and that’s how to play the game he’s been a master of for over a decade.  If Woods plans on a future that brings about personal retribution and requital, he may want to look no further than the top of the leaderboard—where maturity and class stands out like an unblemished Augusta magnolia, where Watson and Couples—two old guys—are currently setting the standard.

* (thanks to Jeff for the correction)

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Nicely stated Rovin; spot on…

Keemo on April 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Woods, at 39 years young…

He’s 34.

Jeff2161 on April 9, 2010 at 11:00 AM

He’s 34.

Jeff2161 on April 9, 2010 at 11:00 AM

I knew that! Thanks Jeff.

Rovin on April 9, 2010 at 11:29 AM

The only demon that Tiger carried around with him was his infedelity.

Now that that monkey is off his back, he looks calm and at ease out there on the course.

He was talking and laughing with K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar in between holes, patting them on the back at times, acknowledging the gallery…Things he never used to do.

My problem with Tiger was not his affairs, because I just don’t care, but his inability to commit to anything and just man up and get back on the course.

It was pathetic theatre.

uknowmorethanme on April 9, 2010 at 1:06 PM