Will Tiger Woods Ever Win Again?

Some kids are born with a baseball glove, for others their favorite toy is a football, Tiger Woods had a golf club in his hand from the minute he arrived in the world. At age 2, Tiger appeared with his father, Earl, on the Mike Sullivan show to show off his driving skills. Since then, Woods has become one of the most widely known people in the world, let alone in sports. My fandom with TW began in 1996 when he came back from a 4 down deficit to win his 3rd straight U.S. Amateur Championship. However, watching Woods domination of Augusta National at the 1997 Masters led me to realize I was watching the beginning of a legendary career

Nearly two decades, and 14 major championships later, there is no doubt that Tiger Woods is one of the greatest athletes ever. However, lately, he has become known more for what is going on off the course rather than on it. Woods’ personal issues are more than well documented, and a variety of injuries have kept Tiger away from the tee box. Woods has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, where he outlasted Rocco Mediate in a playoff, with a fracture in his leg. The former world number one has not won a tournament of any kind since the 2011 Players Championship. Woods has not even played the weekend in a major since finishing tied for 17th at the last year’s Masters. Woods would go on to miss the cut in each of the three other majors in 2015.

After taking the entire 2016 season off to rehab from injury, Woods was expected at the 2017 season opener,The Safeway Open, last week. However, the hopes of Tiger fans were dashed when Woods pulled out citing his game not being ready for PGA Tour golf. A source close to Woods however, said he was “flushing everything”, during practice sessions. This Tiger fan is left to wonder if perhaps the once most confident athlete I have ever seen no longer believe he can win.

So we arrive back to the original question of this post, will Tiger Woods win again? As much as I hope I’m wrong, my answer is no! Woods turns 41 in December, couple his age and the rash of recent injuries, I see more breakdown headed his way. If Woods body doesn’t betray him, there are so many good players capable of beating the once unbeatable machine. Thus, it will be a monumental task for Tiger to raise another trophy.

For GOP, it’s Time To Move On

After a week that could be best described as one of the worst of the campaign, it is time Republicans for to move on. In one week, thanks in large part to the disgusting Trump tapes, the race for president is effectively over.  It is now time for party unity in order to keep the House and Senate from falling in Democratic hands.

At this point, Republicans must learn valuable lessons from this election cycle. First, It would be wise for those who will run in 2020 to put ego aside and come together quickly in support of one or two candidates. If you look at any of the primary election results, Trump never received more than 48% of the vote, until he was the only person left standing. Unfortunately for the GOP, many of Trump’s opponents were more interested in their own ambitions rather than putting forth a nominee capable of leading the nation.

The party of Lincoln must also provide an optimistic vision of what America’s future can be under its leadership. Mr. Trump has chosen to focus on Americas problems, yet has provided little in terms of solutions, except to say he will fix it on his own. The party must also understand that they cannot simply be the party of no, but must find ways to compromise where agreement can be found. Many in the leadership cite Ronald Regan as an idle,they would be wise to heed his words, “I’d rather get 85% of what I want then nothing at all.”

Presidential Debate Part II; What Trump and Clinton Need to Do!

I’m willing to bet most of you are just about sick of presidential politics, and to be honest, I can’t say I blame you. For a political junkie like me there is no shortage of material to pontificate about. With round II of  Clinton V Trump coming Sunday, I thought I’d give my two cents on what  both candidates need to do in  order to come out on top!

Trump:

Let’s be honest, even if you’re a die hard Trump supporter, there’s no question, the first debate wasn’t exactly The Donald’s finest hour. Trump was defensive and felt the need to defend himself no matter what the former first lady through at him. Rather than focusing on his plans for fighting ISIS, jump starting the economy, and solving the issues left from Obamacare, Trump looked small and petty trying to save his own reputation rather than be a champion for the nation. If Trump wants a big win he must focus on how he will take the fight to ISIS and other groups, while attempting to show that if Clinton is elected the polices of non intervention will continue for another four years. Trump must be a bit more of a happy warrior and provide an optimistic vision for the future, rather than simply suggesting the country is going to hell in a hand basket.  I’ve talked to many informed folks who wonder when was America not great! I’m not saying Trump shouldn’t discuss the failures of the Obama Administration, however, the country needs a cheerleader right now! Finally, Trump must hit Clinton on her honesty, both in regards to the email scandal and her role in the decisions regarding Benghazi . In My view, the only way Trump can win the debate,  but the presidency as well,is to hammer home the point that Clinton is not ethically qualified to be Commander in-Chief.

Clinton:

For Ms. Clinton it’s very simple, try to get under Trump’s as she did in debate number one, and let him hang himself. She might also want to answer a question or two just to change things up a bit. If HRC can rattle Trump into the child-like tantrums that happened two week ago, she might as well start figuring out what desk she will use in The Oval.

Keep in mind, with these two at the podiums,  anything could happen. Trump might trot out his wife on stage in her underwear and whip the crowd into a frenzy. Clinton could stumble on stage and collapse in a heap, or, and here is a wacky idea, they just might choose to behave like two adults for once. While Sunday night surely will be unpredictable, one thing is certain, it will be entertaining.

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