I can admit I was the type of fan true golf aficionados couldn’t stand.
If Tiger Woods was in the chase for a major title, then I was watching. If he fell out of contention, I found other ways to occupy my Sunday afternoon.
My friends that loved the sport sighed while cheering for anyone else except Tiger. That seems like a lifetime ago. In reality, it was just over a decade.
It was from a time none of my kids ever remember.
As the rest of the sports world got emotional about Tiger’s return to the winner’s circle at Augusta a month ago, my kids asked the less obvious questions.
Jaylen started with the question on all the kids’ minds.
“Wasn’t he the guy who cheated on his wife that one time?”
Of course. Yes. That one time.
Spring was next.
“Does he even play anymore?”
Technically he never stopped playing.
In true Sierra fashion, she added her own thoughts on golf.
“Y’all didn’t know he won? But who cares? It’s still golf.”
Cameron brought the ultimate capper to the conversation.
“Wait. Who’s Tiger Woods?”
With their obvious attention to the golf world, I guess my walk down memory lane will be a solo one.
Meanwhile, the actual world of golf is celebrating Tiger as the PGA Championship starts at New York’s Bethpage Black on Thursday afternoon.
If Tiger is in contention, the sports world will tune in. If he falters, the golf gurus will still pay close attention, while ratings suffer.
In other somewhat related news, my kids won’t care either way.
Coverage of the event can be seen on TNT from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Coverage can also be seen on TNT from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. before moving to CBS from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Here is the rest of what the sports world has to offer this week.
Pro basketball: NBA Playoffs, TBA: After somewhat of a boring start to the postseason, the Rockets/Warriors showdown lived up to the hype. The conference finals will get underway this week on ESPN and TNT.
Pro hockey: Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBC Sports: The Dallas Stars took the Blues to seven games before being eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals. The conference finals are underway this week.
Pro golf: AT&T Byron Nelson, 2 p.m., today, CBS Sports: Before the golf world descends on Bethpage Black, the final stop for the tour is in Dallas. While several of the top names are out this weekend, others are looking for some momentum.
Pro baseball: Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 6 p.m., Monday, ESPN: The National League Central should be one of the best in the majors this season with the Brewers and Cubs joining the Cardinals near the top of the division.
Pro baseball: St. Louis at Atlanta, 6:20 p.m., Wednesday, ESPN: This matchup is a potential playoff preview between two of the contenders in the National League. The Braves have hovered around .500 for much of the early season, while the Cardinals hit a rough stretch after a fast start.
Auto racing: Monster Energy Open, 6 p.m. Saturday, FS1: It’s a familiar leaderboard as the NASCAR circuit heats up. Kyle Busch leads the way, while Joey Logano is just five points behind. Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin are close behind the leaders.
Pro baseball: Houston at Boston, 6:20 p.m., Saturday, FOX: The rematch of last season’s ALCS sees a Red Sox team recovering from a slow start against a Houston squad looking for some retribution.