What We Didn’t Know About Tiger

This year’s U.S. Open golf tournament was much more exciting and competitive than your average walk through the kikuyu grass. But with this news it moves into mythic territory.

I wrote to friend Jason Sobel at ESPN.com Sunday, scroll down to 1:10 pm, about Tiger’s playing on a sore knee being impressive, but perhaps it was being overplayed a bit by the media. Missing from what he quoted there is that I said Tiger was no Johnny Baun (who scored a Stanley Cup winning goal on a broken leg). Wrong I was!

I’m sorry, but walking six miles a day for five straight days on a broken leg (yes, stress fractures are less painful than displaced fractures, but they’re no picnic) is no mean feat. But stopping every few minutes to twist the painful joint into a pretzel with the force of a very fit body behind it had to be excruciating. The ability to compete under those circumstances was laudable, notable, and possibly a bit insane. The ability to win under them? Epic.

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