When Tiger Woods became the first non-American male winner of the Master’s tournament, he sent a message to all the other proud male professional golfers. He said that winning the Masters would be the crowning glory of his career and that he was going to break the color barrier. It was a bold statement, but one that sent waves across the sport and across America. The other tour pros quickly jumped on the bandwagon, all supporting Woods.
Tiger Woods is a chameleon, ready to change his look and style to fit any situation. He has been known to change his wardrobe several times in a single day. He went from a short haircut to a crew cut in a matter of days to fit the persona of a Hollywood movie star or an action star on the big screen. Now, at the Masters, he is once again sending a message to the other Tour pros that he is not afraid to go red if it gets him to the hole on the course.
What is it about the color that Tiger is sending that is so appealing? Is it the vivid colors that he likes so much? Is it maybe that he likes to make a statement, and that being a “boy” is what getting the reaction that he wants?
Many people have made the argument that Tiger is not a “real man.” They say that being a “real man” is to have a certain macho attitude, to want to protect what is yours, to have the courage to show other people your affection, and to wear whatever you darn well like. The fact is that Tiger Woods is no more of a “real man” than anyone else in the world. That’s just the way that life is, and that is the way that it has always been. He sent a very powerful message to those who supported him by sending red ink.
If you are going to shoot the fairway, whether it is long or short, and Tiger has made the statement that he is willing to risk it to shoot a long one, then you better know that you have done everything in your power to prepare yourself for that moment. You have practiced your approach shots with a driver, your putter, and your driver. You know where you stand with all of these items. Then again, when it comes to Tiger, who really knows what he’s thinking, what his real intentions are, or why he is sending red ink to those who supported him?
When you play like Tiger Woods, you send a very powerful message to others who think that they can “do what they want to do.” They will not be respected and their dreams will not be granted. When you play like Tiger Woods, you send a very clear message to the world that you know who you are, and what you want out of life, no matter who may oppose you. And Tiger Woods knows how to choose winners over losers. That’s why sending red ink is so important.
Tiger has proven in the past and again that when he sends a clear message, it is heard. This is a very positive thing because he wants people to listen to him and give him the support that he needs to win. It means that the message was very clear, and Tiger Woods took note of that. I’m sure that any pro that was ever a big fan of Tiger Woods did not support him in the way that he did this week. They sent their message loud and clear, and Tiger noticed.
So, the next time that you are watching a major tournament on television and see Tiger Woods’s name mentioned, send your message to him and ask him to please send them a thank you note. If they really are amazing pros, they will. And if they did not support Tiger Woods the way that they did this week, then they can send a clear message to other golfers and Tiger Woods too that you support him, because even if they did not win, they still sent a message. So, Tiger Woods is sending a message to pro golfers who supported him, and it is sending a message to all the critics out there that do not realize what a great job he did this week.
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