In 2004, golf legend, fan favorite and golf’s “cool guy” Arnold Palmer extended the record for most consecutive Masters tournaments being played in. He made it to his 50th straight Masters tournament that year and couple of years prior, broke the record that was previously held by another golf legend in two-time major winner Doug Ford. Tiger Woods, who is a four-time Masters champion and is probably known best for his performances at the Masters than any other tournament has said that he doesn’t want to play in 51 consecutive Masters.
“I’m not going to beat Arnold’s record. I’m not playing that long, that’s for sure.” Woods said according to Golf.com
“For me, I always want to win so if I can’t win, why tee it up? That’s just my own personal belief. And I know what it takes to prepare to win and what it takes to go out there and get the job done, and there’s going to become a point in time where I just can’t do it anymore. We all as athletes face that moment. I’m a ways from that moment in my sport, but when that day happens, I’ll make a decision and that’s it.” Woods said again according to Golf.com.
I agree with him on part of that. Of course winning is the most important thing in golf and that’s the goal especially in a prestigious tournament such as the Masters. However, why would he not go for it considering the shape he’s in? Also, sometimes winning doesn’t matter if you don’t have the passion for the sport you’re playing. I mean, if he was truly passionate you’d think he’d try to make it to every Masters possible until his body gives in obviously. Yes, he has the passion of winning and that’s great but you want to play because you love playing the game too. That’s what life’s all about and I think King Arnold Palmer was a perfect example of that. So, this leaves the one question. Is Tiger Woods truly passionate about the sport that’s given one of the most successful careers we’ve ever seen in any type of job in the world?
I may be going too far but you’d think you’d love the game enough to try to make it to as many Masters tournaments as possible am I wrong? And the shape that Woods is in, he should be able to make it to plenty of Masters tournaments. It would be awhile yet before he ties or breaks that record but if the passion is there then it can happen. I’m not saying he should set it up as a goal but I would think automatically he would keep going to the Masters every year unless he has an injury that affects his career. What do you guys think? I’m kind of on a balance beam right now. You guys think he’s truly passionate or did he just reveal something that tells us that he’s not? Let me know in the comments section as always!
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