( 18 & 22)
In Hong Kong
Chevron World Challenge
winner Tiger Woods
Act II, Scene 1
You can’t help wondering how the words
are tasting right now to all those who said
Tiger Woods wouldn’t win again.
At the same time, you can’t help
pondering how many misguided loyalists
convinced themselves Sunday that a victory
on a golf course would make up for all of
Woods’ shocking mistakes outside the ropes.
The only thing for certain this morning,
in the wake of his stirring comeback at
the Chevron World Challenge, is that a
new page has turned and a new chapter
has begun in the story of Tiger Woods,
simultaneously the most worshipped and
polarizing player in the history of the game.
Congratulations, Tiger. Welcome back,
Tiger. We’ll be watching more closely
Meanwhile, half a world away, a tired
Rory McIlroy won without his “A” game in
Hong Kong. And he said as much. The hope
is that world No. 2 will learn this lesson:
The guys you beat don’t want to hear public
excuses for why you didn’t beat them worse.
Anyway, the best guess here is that “His
Ulsterness” will pay his debt to Morpheus
and catch up on sleep in time to take a
refreshed run at world No. 1 Luke Donald
at the Race To Dubai finale this week.
An even better guess is that, thanks to
Sunday, the biggest winner in golf at the
moment is next year. The storylines in 2012
already are more compelling.