The media could not have made a bigger deal of it. Tiger Woods won four majors in a row, and the golf media entered an orgiastic frenzy in which many still reside. They wanted to say Woods won the Grand Slam, but they couldn’t, so they declared he’d won the Tiger Slam, and treated the feat as if it were even greater. Projections of 30 majors were common. Jack Nicklaus wasn’t a pimple on Tiger Woods’s butt. No one else mattered. Tiger was golf.
But now we learn that Woods’s wondrous feat was a sham, that he was using special balls none of the other players in the tournaments in 2000 were using. The Tiger Slam is a Tiger Sham.
Even this past weekend, we were treated to tired old stories about how Woods “destroyed” the field at Pebble Beach with golf “never before seen.” However, by using solid core balls, Woods was effectively hitting from the ladies’ tees.
Not quite so impressive when you think about it that way, is it?