Tiger will be part of Ryder Cup, even without playing

By Adam Capps - Sports Editor

Tiger Woods recently had another back surgery. Bless his heart, he just can’t catch a break here lately. And in the past, if Tiger couldn’t be the story, he didn’t want to be a part of the game.

Now, it is obvious that he’s missing it, and realizes there is more than one way to leave a lasting legacy on it.

Recently opened is Tiger’s new golf course, Blue Jack National in Montgomery, Texas, and it is getting rave reviews. On top of that, Ryder Cup captain of the 2016 United States team, Davis Love III, has reached out and offered Tiger an assistant captain’s role for the team.

In the past, Tiger would have graciously (or not so graciously) declined that offer. But the fact is, like it or not, Tiger haters, Tiger is changing. I’m sure being a father has a lot to do with that.

When Tiger was young, he loved the game of golf so much that he would go out to the course with his dad just to watch him and his group play. Just to be a part of it. Now, the 14-time major winner and 79-time PGA Tour winner realizes that it is time for him to once again be a part of the story, instead of being the story.

In saying all of this, I’m not ruling out that Tiger will not win another tournament. Although it seems like a long way away, he is the greatest player of the past 20 years, and at worst the third greatest to ever play the game. There is still a chance that he can find some magic somewhere, but the odds are really stacked against him.

What I am saying is, it is refreshing to see Tiger Woods being human. Even when he wasn’t playing good golf, he seemed like a machine that just wasn’t functioning properly. Now, he is showing his love for the game by wanting to be a part of the greatest event in golf, The Ryder Cup, even if he can’t play.

For those who are playing, they’ll be getting advice from one of the best to ever do it.

By Adam Capps

Sports Editor