If you like reading about historical figures — both those who made their marks centuries ago and men and women creating history today — here's a must-read for you: Tiger Woods Wikipedia page.
Tiger Woods historical? Absolutely. What Woods has done on the golf course since he was 2 years old is unparalleled. What he might do — or, rather, might have done — after he surpasses Jack Nicklaus' near mythical 18 major tournament wins could be even more impressive.
Just consider these if's: If former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura could win election as Minnesota governor, if former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger could lead the state of California, and if B-movie actor Ronald Reagan could become president of the United States and lead his country through seriously tough times, what do you think Woods could do? If he has the desire, Woods can do anything.
Just check out what Tiger did before he turned professional:
Beginning at age 2 when he appeared with his father Earl Woods on "The Mike Douglas Show," Woods demonstrated skill, brains and tenacity unlike any other player ever. By 3, he could hit a score of 48 over nine holes. Later, he won the 9-10 age group category at the Junior World Golf Championships — at the age of 8. He won those championships a total of six times. When Woods was 15, he became the youngest ever U.S. Junior Amateur champion, a title he would hold more than once. He also became the youngest ever U.S. Amateur champion.
But Woods, whose father ascended to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, has brains to go with his prodigious golfing talents. In 1994, he decided to attend one of the best colleges on the West Coast, Stanford University, where his amateur career continued to sizzle. The economics major defended his U.S. Amateur title, was voted Pac-10 Player of the Year and received numerous awards for his achievements on the golf course.
In 1996, after two years at Stanford, he made an absolutely no-brainer decision: Woods decided to turn professional, a move that eventually will make him a billionaire. Since then, he has won 14 major golf championships, and along the way he has wowed golf nuts and attracted new fans to watch him dazzle on TV.
But, we learned last week, Tiger Woods is human and capable of making huge mistakes in the game of life. After he crashed his Cadillac Escalade near his Florida home, rumors of affairs surfaced, and he released a statement indicating he had indeed made bad choices. He referred to "my behavior and personal failings" in a public apology. Woods seriously messed up.
Woods has always kept his politics private, but certainly he would appeal to fiscal conservatives, whether Republican, Libertarian or conservative Democrat. He has been the poster child of personal achievement and determining your own self — and monetary — worth.
And he's a giver.
The Tiger Woods Foundation has touched the lives of millions of young people through character development programs, scholarships, grants and more. As a public figure, Tiger Woods has exemplified the act of doing. He creates wealth and passes it along to those in need.
Tiger Woods has the ability to create solutions others couldn't even dream of. He can see through the trees and move through the rough. He has that magic touch, one that is capable of changing the world.
But right now Tiger's ball is buried in the sand, and he's facing an impossible lie. There's no way the average person could get out of the situation. But this is Tiger Woods, and he's made a zillion shots just like this.