Tiger Woods accident puts Black fame into perspective
When Tiger Woods burst onto the scene in 1997 with a Masters win at just 21, people like me, who never really got into golf, started paying attention. Because here was this young man of color, this guy who somehow made it into this segregated space, and he was not only holding his own. He was killing it.
Tiger Woods is second only to Jack Nicklaus with 15 major tournament wins. He’s tied for first all-time with 82 PGA Tour victories. He leads all active golfers in career major wins. He is, quite simply, the greatest of all time.
So when we heard this week that he was in a car accident, there was worry. There was anxiety. There was fear. We thought of Kobe Bryant in that helicopter, and R&B singer Aliyah in that plane, and we just hoped Tiger Woods wouldn’t be next.
Because we knew when we watched Tiger that we were watching history. We were watching a prodigy. We were seeing what it looked like to be head and shoulders above the rest.
And maybe when we saw Tiger we saw our own vulnerability. A man trying somehow to fit in.
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Photo: Tiger Woods studies swing. By. Pa National Guard