Even up close, when he literally is within arm’s reach, the distance feels like a gulf. His eyes avert the reverential gaze of the gallery as he marches down the fairway, or from one hole to the next. The world watches Tiger Woods from afar because he wants it that way.
It’s a complicated relationship we have with the most transcendent athlete on the planet, isn’t it?
“I’d say in love and in awe, but not connected personally,” PGA Tour veteran Stewart Cink said. “People don’t know a lot about Tiger Woods. A lot of people in the locker room don’t know a lot about Tiger Woods.”
Much of it is by choice, if not design.