I have acknowledged Tiger's greatness as a golfer. I put him on the Mountain.
He is not my favorite player, though, and I've iterated multiple reasons why. I also do not think he was nor is the most influential. One of the best performers, for sure, but not the most influential. In fact, participation in golf has actually gone down in the last twenty years, not up.
As for my delusionality, perhaps it's true, I've been called worse. But, Tiger did lead a privileged life WHEN IT CAME TO GOLF. He was molded from birth by his father, who put a club in his crib and had him out playing on the course before age three. He played for free, also, since childhood. He was sort of like Mozart that way... physically and mentally molded from birth for success in one specific field. Of course, he was a child prodigy and ended up with the physical talent to take advantage of that privileged golf upbringing... but the fact remains that few people ever were more deliberately molded for golf success, and it worked! And I'm glad it worked. But, it's simply not something that anybody can emulate, so that alone makes others a better model for the masses. Nevertheless -- Tiger is great because he shows the world the epitome of golfing performance, i.e. pushes the envelope of human achievement, however he got there. For that, I thank his father and him. I hope he continues to enjoy a long - and happy - career and personal life. He's exciting to watch.
“Swing hard in case you hit the ball”
”Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.” - Jack Benny
”score is everything, nothing else matters”. - an idiot