This is a response to Hermes Camacho’s column, “If Tiger Doesn’t Win This Weekend: Failed Year?“
Tiger Woods won the FedEx Cup. Tiger Woods won six events, made all but one of his cuts, and made over $10.5 million. After placing second to Phil Mickelson in the final event of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs, Woods was pleased to win the $10 million first prize. Afterwards, El Tigre said in a video conference, “Absolutely it’s been a successful year. To have gone through what I did for eight months, and then come back to be as consistent as I have been … as a whole it was a huge success. I’m really looking forward to next year.”
Now, if you’re anyone else, it’s been a landmark year. But, for a golfer like Tiger Woods, it only means one thing.
Why, you ask? If you’re anyone who knows anything about professional golf, you know why: He was 0-for-4 in Major tournament play. What’s worse – he lost a 54-hole lead for the first time ever in a major, to unknown Y.E. Yang. Even with everything else, you have to check this off as a wasted year.
How could I say such a thing? Well, it’s simple: despite all of his accolades – Player of the Year, winner of the FedEx Cup, 13-time Major winner – Tiger has always made it clear that he has one goal, and one goal only: to surpass the Great Jack Nicklaus for the lead in all-time Major tournament wins, at 18. He had also said that he was feeling better, physically, than he had in his entire career. He was the outright favorite for every major tournament – the course was built for him; his competition was weak; his health was almost all the way back.
Yet, he didn’t win a major?
While Woods is saying all the right things now – being the “gracious winner” in the light of the FedEx Cup – he knows, deep down, in places they don’t talk about in parties, when it came to his ultimate goal … he failed.
It was a wasted year.