The Dubai Desert Classic is a gorgeous setting for a golf tournament. The weather is perfect (a sunny 78), the greens are immaculate, the view is breathtaking, and the golfers are happy. (Plus, they're living in the future -- it's Saturday there, which is cool.)
The happiest golfers at the tournament are of course those who are winning. After the second round that ended Friday, 21-year-old Irish cutie Rory McIlroy is in the lead at 11-under and Tiger Woods is tied for 5th place at 4-under.
Woods is playing great. It's his first tournament in over a year and he's got his groove back. His second-round bogey-free 66 has put him in a good position heading into the weekend. But can we ever be happy for Woods again?
I know I can. As a sports fan, I'm excited by great performances and stellar displays of athleticism. I want all players to do well in order to elevate the level of the match or game. I may cheer for one over another, or go for the Tar Heels over the Blue Devils every time, but it's rare that I'll cheer for the "enemy" to do badly. Where's the fun in that?
While Woods' decisions in his personal life have embarrassed him and hurt his family, it won't stop me from being impressed by a double-birdie or from cheering for a comeback in round three.
Same thing with Michael Vick. Dude made some terrible choices off the field, did his time, and is now, once again, one of the most exciting quarterbacks to watch in the NFL. I'm happy when he succeeds because his success is football's success. Woods' success is golf's success.
Are you happy for Woods' success?
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