KAPALUA, Hawaii – For those of you wondering when Tiger will return, let me offer up the Chinese New Year, Feb. 14, as a possible date. That is when the year of the Ox is overtaken by the year of the Tiger. That’s right, 2010 is the year of the Tiger. It may not seem possible that Tiger would be back Feb. 14 (Sunday of the AT&T National Pro-Am), but what if the 4,000-year-old calendar is true?
What if Tiger returned at the Masters or U.S. Open and won by 12 shots and then did it again at the British Open at St. Andrews. What if he went to Whistling Straits with one, two or three majors under his belt in 2010? Would everything be forgotten?
Who knows, but other aspects of Tiger and the Chinese New Year have some odd similarities.
Each year in the calendar has an element associated with it. For 2010 the element is metal. “Metal Tiger,” seems appropriate, at least on the course.
All of this is just food for thought. It’s going to be a long year.