Greetings sports fans and welcome to yet another thrilling episode of Vegas Valley Sports Beat. The crazy little sports column with the deceptively short name. Why? Because we cover everything and we never miss a beat. It started out to be a dreary day but the sun has won the battle for supremacy of the skies this afternoon and it is just beautiful out there in the Las Vegas valley region.
Let us turn our attention now to Augusta, Georgia and the Master’s Tournament held this past Sunday at Augusta National. This column is a bit late due to technical difficulties, but what a great American comeback tale is this?
Nobody, no matter what else they might say or think about Tiger Woods as a person, nobody can deny that Tiger Woods is a Champion on the golf course.
I don’t care to rehash the troubles Tiger has seen of his own making. Mostly because I am not fully versed in the details of the scandal that brought him to such a low point in his life. I know he was unfaithful to his wife and I can’t throw any rocks in that house without breaking my own windows. Nobody’s perfect and I am quite sure Tiger has seen the error of his ways without me gnawing that old bone any further.
I am very happy for him and his family, and the people who have believed in him all along. I am very proud of the fact that he proved the haters wrong. Even while he was on his way to winning his fifth green Master’s jacket, the so-called pundits were talking big smack out the sides of their necks on social media like the ones I saw on Twitter. Obviously, saints don’t care much for golfers. Perhaps I should consider changing my ways but it’s not very likely.
The fans in the gallery were fired up as Tiger pulled ahead and took the lead in the fourth round of the tournament a Augusta National. Tiger started the round tied for second place and two shots behind Francesco Molinari. One by one as the day wore on the contenders fell away into bunkers and water hazards until only, Woods remained atop the leader board as he walked onto the 18th hole.
Ahead of the field by two-strokes, Woods bogeyed the hole to end the day at a two-under-par 70 for a score of -13 for the tournament. He finished one stroke ahead of three other players and won his fifth Master’s jacket, and his first major title in 11 years. Tiger’s new green jacket will go well with the ones he won in 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005. His 15 majors titles place’s Tiger 3 titles behind tying the record held by, Jack Nicklaus, who has 18 to his credit
Yesterday, President Donald Trump stated to the press that he was going to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal Of Freedom for his contributions to sports and the strides he has made towards pulling himself together, and moving beyond the wreckage of a misspent past. This is further proof of the validity of the President’s First Step program whereby ex-felons may earn their lives back by working for it and a stark reminder that everybody makes mistakes. It’s the dogs that continuously return to their own vomit that you have to concern yourself with.
The President Tweeted yesterday, “Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @The Masters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!”
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded by the President, “for especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”; it is awarded to individuals selected by the President or recommended to him by the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board. 
Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali, and Billie Jean King are a few of the other American legends of sport who have received the Medal of Freedom in the past.
The headline picture is from the video game, Tiger Woods-PGA 13, and it shows my player, Tiger Woods, standing on top of a creek playing a water shot. It is not to even suggest that Tiger Woods walks on water because we all know better than that. We have all seen just how far down it is when you fall from the top. How much worse it must be knowing that you tripped yourself up?
To Tiger’s credit, however; I believe he has seen the error of his ways and I hope the Presidential Medal of Freedom will remind him of that should the situation ever rear its head again and he is tempted once more to forget himself. I know how easy it is to do so again, no stones are being thrown here. It really has to suck being under such close scrutiny by the entire world, but that’s par for the course whenever one seeks fame and fortune in any public forum. Also to Tiger’s credit he made the chip shot for a birdie from the creek, and we kicked butt.
My sincerest congratulations I send to you Tiger Woods. It does my heart good to see you succeed again because I knew you had it in you all along. You are, and always will be a Champion and an inspiration to many people who didn’t jump off of the bandwagon just because it got a flat tire. It happens. You change it and you move on while trying to avoid the same road hazards in the future. I know too that you will make the most of this second chance.
Now onward and upward to major title number 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20. See you next year in Augusta.