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Sunday, July 23, 2006

What Else Can Be Said

Sunday provided one of the most emotional major championships in history, and one of the best final-round performances by a winner.

Tiger Woods was spectacular. He missed one fairway Sunday and led the field in that category all week. His game is on, there is no doubt.

Woods proved again that he his human, but only after sinking the final putt at Royal Liverpool. The outpouring of emotion had to tear at everyone's heart strings.

I once wrote a column on how the bond between father (or mother) and son in golf is unlike any other. Watching Sunday's telecast was tough. Woods' victory comes two months after the loss of his dad Earl Woods and Chris DiMarco finished second, less than a month after suddenly losing his mother.

There were countless emotional moments:

DiMarco's bomb on the 14th hole made you wonder if his late mother, Norma, was really going to guide him to his first major championship.

DiMarco's father in tears as his son was accepting the second-place award.

Woods breakdown behind the 18th green.

Woods' speech about his father.

"I realized that my dad's never going to see this again. I love my dad and I miss him very much.
I'm sure (my mom) is bawling."

Sunday was another example of how sports is the best reality show going. The competition, the emotion and the drama are unlike any other.


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