It’s taken us a couple days to process what has happened, the history made, and the day that will never be forgotten in the golf world. What Tiger accomplished Sunday early afternoon at the Masters will be forever cemented as one of the greatest comeback stories of all-time. Why? Because what Tiger went through, few athletes have been through, if any. From scandal, to never-ending injuries, to the dreaded shanks and a DUI to top it off. He had been publicly humiliated, and many thought he should simply just retire. He had fallen so far from the throne that almost every single sports commentator, athlete and colleague believed he wouldn’t win another Major, let alone tournament. But, he’s Tiger Woods. And because of that, he does things mentally and physically that others won’t and frankly, what others can’t.
The crowd, the moment, the embrace with his son, Charlie. The nostaglia of it all seemed all too real to actually be real. Did we really just witness Tiger Woods not only win the Masters, but do it by methodically beating down his opponents until only he stood at the top? Did we really just watch him hug his son and family in the very same spot he hugged his dad, 22 years earlier. What a triumph. If only for a few moments, the country felt connected by Tiger's greatness.
There are so many lessons we can learn from this tremendous act of perseverance and determination: never give up, work hard every day, don’t listen to the critics, insurmountable comebacks are possible, people can change, and gratitude can go a hell of a long way. The old Tiger never had gratitude like he’s had the past year. It took everything he loved being ripped from beneath his feet: his family, his health, his father, his golf game. It was humbleness, gratitude and perseverance that drove him back to his throne. Love him or hate him, you have to respect that. What a lesson we can all learn from Tiger. No matter where you are in life, press on, and keep moving forward.