Monday, August 19, 2002

Never Ever Give Up

Golf is foremost a test of character. The difference in skill levels, at the very top of the game, is not great. Yesterday, the game's greatest player, Tiger Woods, somehow managed to get himself to one shot off the lead, only to bogey the 13th and 14th holes. Walking to 15 tee, he was five shots back with four to play. A hopeless situation.

Not to Woods. He told his caddie that if they could "birdie in," they could win the golf tournament. Woods did the former, but not the latter. It may well have been the best four holes ever played in a major championship, with everything on the line and absolutely no margin for error. Hats off to the champion, Rich Beem, for a great win. And hats off to the game's greatest champion, for another breathtaking performance.