In Tiger's Pain, a More Human Face

Woods' limp, and the mere admission that he can, draws golfer closer to our hearts
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2008 12:45 PM CDT
Tiger Woods reacts after taking his second shot on the fourth fairway during the fourth round of the US Open championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course on Sunday, June 15, 2008 in San Diego.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Tiger Woods' putt to force today's US Open playoff was epic, surely, but his 18th-hole heroics weren’t the amazing part about yesterday's performance, Thomas Boswell writes in the Washington Post. Where Jack Nicklaus once transformed before our eyes, Woods is limping, grimacing, and grinding his way into a place "even better than the relationship we had with him before."

"Just as Nicklaus worked his way into our hearts, not just our heads, as he did the handsome-guy makeover thing and showed himself to be an exemplary family man and unsurpassed role model," Boswell writes, "so Tiger—as we see him age and face injury, as we realize that he too can limp—might cut us even deeper."