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Tiger Woods is a story beyond fiction – The Denver Post

In many ways, good and bad and just about everything in between, Tiger Woods has blossomed into the most compelling sports story of them all. Yeah. He really has. Now he has returned. Again. He got up. Again. People know how he got here, and that means all the good and bad and everything. But they don’t really care, like they didn’t seem to care how his car ended up at the bottom of the hill last year. All they care about is that is always here. May the story continue to another Masters weekend, against all odds.

“It’s beyond fiction,” a producer friend said Friday. “It’s biblical.”

When Woods came back to win the 2019 Masters, to get another major title after going over a decade without one, when he came back from his fall from his very public fall from grace and all of his surgeries, you got heard it was the biggest comeback in golf history as if Ben Hogan coming back after his car was hit by a Trailways bus to play the best golf of his legendary career didn’t count because it happened happened nearly 70 years ago, and Tiger Woods did not happen.

But now Woods has even added a wrecked car to the incredible tale, a wrecked car not far from Hollywood as he tries to write another Hollywood ending. They got him out of the car and they saved his leg and now he’s here, 13 months later back in Augusta. That’s why he looks bigger than all the other contemporary and iconic sports stars. All. Bigger than Michael or LeBron or even Tom Brady, who has made his little news lately, and who shocked the world by winning a seventh Super Bowl at 43 years old not so long ago.

This week, just heading to the first tee on Thursday, before putting that 1-under trick on his own legs, Woods was treated like the biggest sports star we’ve had since Ali, who again wrote his own comeback story. and again, from when they stripped him of his title for refusing to enter the draft and go fight in Vietnam. But then we’ve always been a sucker for that big guy falling and getting back up.

Jack Nicklaus won his sixth Masters at the age of 46. It was 1986 and for nearly a quarter of a century it looked like the end of Hollywood for all in golf, until Tiger came back to win the ’19 Masters. So of course Tiger showed up at 46 years old saying he is here to win. Trying to be Nicklaus and Hogan at the same time, in the same major.

“I’m exactly where I want to be,” he said after shooting that 71 on Thursday, before following it up with a crazy 74 from six bogeys in the second round.

He showed up in 1997 and shocked the world by running away with the Masters like a golf secretariat, winning it by 12 strokes. Michael was leaving the stage at that time and LeBron had not arrived. And now here comes this exciting kid, a colored golfer. He didn’t just change golf at that time. It was as if he had changed everything.

But he’s never been bigger than he has been this week, telling us going to this Masters was going to be a “game decision” before the match started. He had already done his best at Jack Nicklaus’ 86 Masters of 86 three years ago, still one for the ages. But he wanted more. They always do. Tom Brady still wants to be Tom Brady. Michael came back and played with the Wizards. Ali was still fighting Trevor Berbick in 1981 when he was too old and too touched. Do you think Tiger Woods, despite everything that has happened to him, has forgotten that he plays a sport where Tom Watson nearly won another British Open at Turnberry at the age of 59? He did not do it. If he can keep moving on the main courses, he will be there.

As painful as his rehabilitation was after nearly losing a leg, no matter how strenuous the prep work he has to do before and after each round, Woods still wants to breathe that air. He still wants to be Tiger Woods.

All the things that happened to him between winning the Open at Torrey Pines with a broken leg bone and the Masters of 19 will always be a permanent part of his story. But somehow the way he ended up at the bottom of his driveway one Thanksgiving night, snoring when the cops arrived, became a sidebar, the way rehab – for what we still don’t know – became a sidebar and driving under the influence has, and all women of the time became sidebars. Because he is always there.

And all the surgeries he had before his car ended up down the hill at 7 a.m., an epic amount of surgeries in a non-contact sport, they’re like voices buried under a mighty instrument, that the roar of the media and the roar of the crowd provided Augusta this week, so over the top at times you’d think the story was about a real second coming.

Tiger Woods keeps coming. We weren’t sure he would win again, so there he was winning the Tour Championship. No more surgery after that. Then the fifth green jacket. Second, a car accident has never been properly investigated or explained. Then he went back up the hill, anyway. The rising shooting star. Gets us every time.

Jack has won more major tournaments. He never held all four major titles at once like Tiger did. He never got away with a Masters, a British Open, a US Open, like Woods did. Think about it: on the three most iconic courses in the world, Augusta and Pebble Beach and St. Andrews, Tiger Woods won three major tournaments by a total of 35 strokes. We thought he was going to win at least 20 major tournaments. But it was Prophet Dan Jenkins who once said that the only things that could stop him were injuries and a bad marriage.

Tiger showed up at Augusta this week expecting to turn 16. And the story got even bigger. You still don’t have to love him, as enamored as this Masters became as soon as he drove Magnolia Lane. It’s still golf, which only feels like a mainstream sport when he plays it. The greatest story ever told. Always said.

Aaron’s eternal negotiation, Durant’s sixth gear and

The best team won in college basketball this season.

It doesn’t always happen that way in college hoops.

He did it with Kansas this time.

I was starting to think I had just graduated from Boston College when the Yankees and Aaron Judge started talking about a contract extension.

Here’s what we sort of found out on Friday when Brian Cashman tried to come out in front of his own story:

Maybe the Yankees don’t know how to spend Hal’s money anymore.

Kevin Durant continues to be one of the unique talents in NBA history.

As soon as the Knicks had the Nets by 21 in the third quarter the other night, I had a feeling the Nets could have them where they wanted them.

The Knicks are about to fool themselves into thinking some of these kids are better than they actually are, just wait and see.

The way they convinced themselves after last season that their whole team was better than it really was.

My pal Stanton points out that if Bruce Arians was going to ditch his offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich, maybe he should have done so before Todd Bowles got Arians’ old job with the Bucs.

Do you know who was at the Mets opener in Washington the other night?

My buddy Mike Breen, Mets fan.

It’s only fair to celebrate the fact that the Yankees are contenders, in some form or way, every season as they are again.

Except this:

Except that’s not what they’re selling up there on 161st Street.

What they sell, year after year, is World Series or bust.

At a time when they no longer win their division and go to the World Series, despite what they spend on baseball players.

Year after year.

After year.

This is the year Mike Trout returns to the playoffs, isn’t it?

Law?

Always worth a reminder:

Three postseason games for Trout in his career.

A hit, which turned out to be a home run.

The Knicks need to remember that Dr. Kyrie Irving said goodbye to them the other night.

I was in LA for the past few days and, man, do you see Dodgers caps everywhere you are.

Lakers?

Not really.

They’re like a Will Smith on a basketball team.

Except they kept slapping each other until they were out of the playoffs.

If you still can’t talk enough football, go spend a night at the Greenwich Street Tavern with an old Daily Newser named Gary Myers, who’s hosting a pre-NFL draft night on April 26 with Tiki Barber.

Have you ever accepted that Coach K doesn’t make it until “One Shining Moment?”

What, too early?

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