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Golf Australia Express : Issue 29
FIRST OF all, I’d like to take this opportunity to offer my congratulations to Tiger on his recent win. It’s fantastic to see his smile again, to watch the fist-pump and know that American crowds will once again be working themselves into a surreal frenzy over his miraculous ability and almost superhuman power to control a golf ball. Or will they? While American crowds are notoriously undiscerning—just look at their dress sense— they hold the bright light of inquisition up to the moral comings and goings of their heroes, sporting and otherwise, with neither mercy nor reason. And God help those who fall short of the rabid demands of The Horde. Just ask Tiger. After being adored—a bit too much—feted as the Greatest Golfer Ever and given so many awards he needed to build an extension just to house them all, he took a few slippery diversions from the thin, straight path of morality. And my, oh my didn’t we all hear about? No one could believe that such a sinner could have deceived us—that we thought of him as a demi-god only added to the insult of his despicable crime. This is not an uncommon point of view—in this day and age people often look to sports stars for moral guidance and in my considered opinion this is a rare case of common sense being TIGER WINS AGAIN AND ALL OF A SUDDEN MORALITY NO LONGER MATTERS, WRITES WILL HONE. OUT OF THE WOODS with Will Hone IN HONING just that. Forget the Dalai Lama and all his ramblings about acceptance. Ignore Nelson Mandela and don’t even get started about Bill Gates. What would such people know about the way we should live? Tiger Woods is a perfect spokesman for the human race—would preach to angels in heaven on the Morality of Golf and life. At least, he was until we discovered he was an undercover agent for the forces of immorality who had been secretly advertising sin and fast living behind that God-fearing smile and wholesome swing. So I would again like to congratulate Tiger. Not for his representation of the dark forces within our twisted world, but for conquering those who would see him condemned for choices made in his private life—for overcoming the doubters at Tag Heuer, unable as they were to look past his foibles of the flesh—and for proving that reliability isn’t a tag line, it is a lifetime. OTG Forget the Dalai Lama and all his ramblings about acceptance. Ignore Nelson Mandela. What would they know about the way we should live?
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