A Tiger Woods’ Masters win would be an even bigger win for golf?


STUART: THIS IS A BIG WEEKEND FOR GOLF, TIGER WOODS MAKING RETURN TO MASTERS, FIRST TIME WE HAVE SEEN HIM PLAY FOR GREEN JACKET SINCE 2015, BIG DEAL. LOOK WHO IS HERE, HIS NAME IS JEFF BENEDICT AND WROTE THE BOOK ON TIGER AND JOINS US NOW. THE ACTUAL TITLE IS TIGER WOODS.>>GREAT TITLE. STUART: TELLS THE STORY, DOES IT NOT? HERE IS MY POINT, TIGER HAS TO MAKE THE CUT FOR SURE, HE’S GOT TO BE ON THE LEADER BOARD ON SATURDAY AND LEADER BOARD ON SUNDAY AND IF HE IS, GOLF WINS, IF HE’S NOT GOLF LOSES.>>I THINK HE’S THE ONE GUY THAT MOVES THE NEEDLE FOR GOLF. HE MAKES PEOPLE TUNE IN WHO DON’T EVEN CARE ABOUT GOLF AND PROBABLY NOBODY WHO ENJOYS THE PRESSURE THAT’S ON HIM THAN HIM. STUART: HE DOES, HE ENJOY THE PRESSURE?>>HE THRIVES OFF OF THAT. THAT’S WHAT MADE HIM SO TOUGH TO BEAT ALL THE YEARS, HE CAN BLOCK THINGS OUT, HE FUNCTIONS UNDER PRESSURE DIFFERENTLY THAN ALL THE OTHER GUYS. STUART: NOW, PEOPLE, I THINK, LOOK AT HIM A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY NOW COMPARE TODAY SAY 10, 15 YEARS AGO.>>YEAH. STUART: HE’S HAD PROBLEMS INSIDE HIS HEAD WITH PERSONAL LIFE AND MEDICAL PROBLEMS, BUT THIS IS MORE THAN JUST A COMEBACK, ISN’T IT?>>IT REALLY IS. THIS IS A STORY THAT TRANSCENDS GOLF, IN FACT, IT TRANSCENDS SPORTS, THIS GUY HAS BEEN THROUGH MORE THINGS OFF THE COURSE THAN PROBABLY ANY ATHLETE YOU CAN POINT TO IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, AND HE’S BEEN SCRUTINIZED MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE AND SOMETIMES UNFAIRLY BUT HE’S BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF THINGS FROM INFIDELITY CRISIS, DIVORCE, LOSING SPONSORS, ALL THE INJURIES, THE BACK PROBLEM, HE HAD ARREST LAST YEAR, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT TEN MONTHS AGO WHEN HE WAS FOUND ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD SLUMPED IN THE CAR THAT HE WOULD EVEN SWING AGAIN, NEVER MIND BE WHERE HE IS RIGHT NOW. STUART: DO YOU THINK AMERICA IS ROOTING FOR HIM? I THINK IT IS.>>ABSOLUTELY. PEOPLE LIKE ME, I DON’T EVEN PLAY GOLF, I DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT GOLF, I’M ROOTING FOR HIM. THERE’S A LOT TO ROOT FOR HERE BECAUSE HE’S COME BACK FROM SO MANY THINGS. AMERICANS LOVE THE IDEA OF A GUY DUSTING HIMSELF OFF AND IN A SPORT OF GOLF YOU CAN’T HIDE UNDER THE HELMET. IT’S JUST YOU IN FRONT OF CAMERAS AND CROWDS AND WHEN HE GETS OUT THERE, HE DOES THINGS THAT NOBODY ELSE CAN DO. STUART: YOU HAVE TO MAKE A PREDICTION, YOU CAN’T WALK ON THE SHOW WITHOUT PREDICTION, DOES HE MAKE THE CUT?>>I HOPE HE DOES. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HIM ON THE LEADER BOARD. STUART: IS HE GOING TO BE ON THE LEADER BOARD?>>I HOPE SO. IF THERE’S ANYBODY WHO COULD COME BACK AND DO IT — STUART: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU DON’T PLAY GOLF BUT YOU’VE WRITTEN A BOOK ABOUT THE ULTIMATE GOLFER?>>YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIKE GOLF TO BE INTERESTED ABOUT TIGER

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