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Tiger, going forward

March 15, 2009

Sally Jenkins' column in the Washington Post on Monday makes the case that as interesting as Woods' career has been to this point, it has also been fairly predictable, at least as far golf prognostication goes. Jenkins argues that from here on out his career holds more intrigue than it ever has.

Woods' genius includes both his ability to figure out a way to win, as he demonstrated in the U.S. Open last year, and the fact that nothing other than winning matters in his orbit. Golf World's Ron Sirak said on ESPN recently that Woods' reaction to holing the putt at the last hole to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational a year ago was that of a man who had never won a tournament before.

Complacency is not a part of Woods' DNA. Jenkins is correct. The rest of his career promises more of the same, but how he pulls it off with a reconstructed knee, a wife and two young kids, and great, young talent ready to challenge him make the years going forward more intriguing than the years behind him.

-- John Strege