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Filling the Void: Tiger takes The Open despite grieving the loss of his father

Tiger was fierce and full of grief.

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Filling the Void: Tiger takes The Open despite grieving the loss of his father


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It’s a weird time in which we’re living. We’re all sitting in quarantine wondering how many times we can clean our kitchens, watch Space Jam, and if twiddling our thumbs is a viable way to pass time. In New York, we’ve been banging pots and pans, clapping, and cheering those who are fighting this virus on the front lines every night at 7PM. Here at The Turf, we’re immensely thankful for all essential workers and what they’re doing to prevent the spread and keep us all as safe as possible. In return, the best we can think to do is revisit sports history and find ways to keep you all entertained. We have to fill that void somehow, right?

I’m terrible at golf. And I don’t pay much attention to it (sorry, Dad). But I remember being sucked in by Tiger Woods when he burst onto the scene. There was a book I read early in high school, genuinely can’t remember which it was, about his life. It may have been How I Play Golf, but I haven’t the slightest clue.

Anyway, in whatever book it was, I remember reading about his father, Earl. A US Army officer who served two tours in Vietnam. About the relationship they had, and the importance it held for Tiger as he grew up playing the game he loved so much.

The 2006 British Open

Tiger was unreal. Plain and simple. He came into the final round in the lead at -13, and never relented. Ernie Els was nipping at his heels from one stroke behind. However, after the 5th hole, Tiger held at least a two stroke lead. Woods would never fall behind again.

When I came across this particular round, it struck me as something that is somewhat relevant to today. We’re all stricken with some kind of discomfort. Some of us have unfortunately lost loved ones in this pandemic. So I wanted to explore the time that Tiger, two months out from the passing of his father, got back on the horse and won The Open by two strokes. The emotion that overtakes him after that final tap-in is so raw and human. It’s a bit of relief I’m sure we all can understand.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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