Monday, June 8
Help Me Ban ‘Unbelievable’ from Tiger Vocabulary
Tiger Woods is believable. (Keith Allison/Flickr)
LISTEN UP, GOLF WORLD. I heard it again yesterday on the golf telecast, although I can’t recall who said it. Someone used the word “unbelievable” to describe something Tiger Woods did en route to a final-round 65 and a come-from-behind victory at the Memorial Tournament.
Because I no longer find anything Tiger does on a golf course to be unbelievable. Why? Because I’ve seen it − oh, I don’t know − about a GAZILLION TIMES since the mid 1990s.
So yesterday when Tiger chipped it in from out of the cabbage for eagle on the 11th hole, when he birdied the last two holes to win by one stroke, and when he hit his approach shot on the final hole to 14 inches, I didn’t jump out of my armchair. I didn’t pump my fist. I didn’t shake my head in disbelief. I didn’t even raise an eyebrow.
Not unbelievable, believable. It’s Tiger.
Still, there are those who insist after all these years that Tiger is “unbelievable.” Not to single anyone out, Jim Nantz. (And the entire CBS golf crew, NBC golf crew, Golf Channel, other golf media and basically everybody.)
And how about you, Google? You’re in on this, too. “Tiger Woods unbelievable” returns more than 100,000 results, including this headline and story from today’s Calgary Herald:
Tiger ‘unbelievable’ in Memorial rally
People, where have you been?
I’ve been watching this for 15 years. Just how many chip-ins, monster putts and stuffed iron shots do you need to see from Tiger for it to be “believable”? How many times does Tiger have to spook the other players and snatch the trophy?
(For those counting, yesterday was Tiger’s 67th PGA Tour victory, including 14 majors. And at 33, he’s still in his prime.)
Can we just drop “unbelievable” from the Tiger vocabulary starting today?
Sign the Tiger Is Believable Petition
You can help by signing the Tiger Is Believable Petition. It’s a simple show of support that only takes a few seconds.
I admit I’m new at this petition thing. In fact, this is my first one. But sometimes you have to wait for the right cause to come along, something that’s truly important. I hope you’ll join me in this worthy cause. I think if I can collect three signatures, the momentum will really start to build.
−The Armchair Golfer