In much the same way Political Graffiti cartoonist David Donar captured in a single image the impact Tiger Woods’ recently-announced withdrawal from the PGA Tour will have on the remainder of the men’s professional golf season, a recent San Diego Union-Tribune headline captured the impact in words:
One might argue that those in agreement with the headline’s message are viewing the situation from a glass-half-empty perspective. On the glass-half-full side of the equation: Every other player holding a PGA Tour card.
How can I be so confident as to ensure that the greatest golfer of all time will not finish first? Truth be told, Woods opted to take a one-week break from the tour in order to give some of his fellow golf professionals a chance to win the first-place prize money.
I’m taking this opportunity to send a shout-out to Zach Johnson, the 31-year-old golfer from Iowa. Johnson took advantage of his first opportunity to play in the granddaddy of all tournaments, The Masters at Augusta National, by winning the 71st version of the professional golf tournament.
Better yet, upon completing his final round, he was asked how it felt (to be in position to win the major of all majors of golf tournaments). Overcome with emotion, he choked back tears and gave credit for all of his success to Jesus Christ whom Zach said, “…was with me” on Easter. Way to go, Zach! You’re a man who has his priorities in order!