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Here I thought he was one of the best drivers in golf. (too soon?)
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That's just a cynical way of seeing something that is just plain human nature. Celebrities are the most readily accessible figures we get visibility toward... and they often happen to have things we plebs don't, so they take on a proxy role of our aspirations and fantasies. I wish I was great at golf, so I look to someone who is great AND who's life is accessible when I want inspiration. When that proxy (Tiger) suffers so is a small part of me that I have attached to him. It is called empathy. Now , should we be using celebrities and luminaries this way? Probably not so I'll give you that.
If I were exposed to the suffering of a handful of "normal" folk I would also feel empathy. For example, at the end of CNN Wolf Blitzer's show every day he showcases a few COVID victims, offering a few personal factoids like an obit. These are invariably normal folk who's families no doubt contacted CNN to be included in the memorium. It's a small gesture that focuses on the often overlooked impact of COVID on average American families, however it is every bit (if not more) as moving and empathy-inducing as a Tiger car crash story. Why? Because I can't help but see a little bit of myself in those family vignettes.
If that pun was inadvertent you have some untapped skill
Anyhoo, I care. As a semi-avid golfer I've followed Tiger's career for over 20 years. May be mostly memories for most now but his dominance on the course was awe-inspiring, and I would love to see that dominance at least one more time, not to mention have him surpass the all time wins record. He is possibly the GOAT of the GOATS across all sports and that is the main reason why people care.