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Leading Off: Tiger Woods no longer most interesting golfer

There was a time when Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods was considered “The Most Interesting Man in the Golfing World.”

Caddies tipped him whenever they carried his bag.

PGA officials asked him for rulings.

Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia considered changing its annual major to simply: the Woods.

Legend has it that he once jumped ship to Hong Kong and made his way to Tibet, where the Dalai Lama – the flowing robes, the grace, bald ... striking – caddied for him. Tiger didn’t tip him, of course, but made sure the Dalai Lama would receive total consciousness on his death bed.

So the Lama has that going for him, which is nice.

But after failing to win a major since 2008, Woods’ golf game has become about as interesting as the aerification of a putting green. There are holes all over it.

At 38, his broken body unable to keep up with the will of his mind, it’s not longer a matter if Woods will win the tournaments he is healthy enough to enter, it’s a matter of whether he’ll be well enough to finish the four-day event without withdrawing.

Still, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says he’s considering Woods for one of the three final at-large spots on the roster. Never mind that Woods finished 71st in the 2014 Ryder Cup standings.

Watson says he’s not ready to close to the door on Woods simply because, well, he’s Tiger Woods.

Yes, he is, but he’s no longer “The Most Interesting Man in the Golf World.”

That title now belongs to ... Rory McIlroy.

– Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


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