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The Final Horne: If this continues, Tiger just needs to hang it up


The Final Horne with James D. HorneClarksville, TN – I’m a Tiger Woods’ fan and the ratings, when he’s good, show a lot of golf fans are too.

Obviously, I’m not a golf historian or true pundant and national golf analyst, but it’s those guys for years who have said Tiger is one of the greatest ever to pick up a club. They’ve marveled in his ability and in turn we’ve learned, been told of and in some cases on our own watched him proved that for most of his career.

And if you go to his site at you can see all the records and accolades yourself, including being third all-time in Majors with 14 and third all-time in PGA wins with 72.

I say all this to confirm that it is not James D. Horne, who alone claims Tiger to be great. There’s plenty of numbers and again there’s plenty of analyst who will back those up.

With that all being said, for the first time in my life I ready to say: “Tiger … Give it a rest buddy! The dream is over. You had it all and still accomplished more than many realized you ever would. You walked the walk and talked the talk and dazzled us since 1996. You’ve been great and actually made golf relevant to the masses. But it’s over now. Just like it was for Brett Favre, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jerry Rice and countless others who played past their prime. Now go find yourself a waitress from TGI Friday’s sit back, relax and have a few cold ones!”

When you look at the table below to see how Tiger has fared this year, — and yes he roared on Friday so he wouldn’t miss the cut for a second straight time, but finished +4 for the tournament  — a first for Tiger, it’s plain to see the man’s just not got it anymore and remember I wrote back in March after his only win this year that Tiger was back and raring to go.

I was just hopeful and really want him to be what he was, but he’s stinking up the joint now.

So Tiger quit while your ahead because you’re embarrassing yourself and denigrating your legacy.

And I’ll warn you now, you might not want to get too attached to Rory McIlroy, either. I’m just saying.

2012 PGA Tournaments
5/10 – 5/13 THE PLAYERS Championship
TPC Sawgrass
91 74-68-72-73 — 287 (+4) n/a
5/3 – 5/6 Wells Fargo Championship
Quail Hollow Club
Missed Cut 71-73 — 144
4/5 – 4/8 The Masters Tournament
Augusta National GC
40 72-75-72-74 — 293 (+5) $32,000
3/22 – 3/25 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Bay Hill Club & Lodge
1 69-65-71-70 — 275 (-13) $1,080,000
3/8 – 3/11 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
TPC Blue Monster at Doral
Withdrawn 72-67-68-48 — 207
3/1 – 3/4 The Honda Classic
PGA National Champion Course
2 71-68-69-62 — 270 (-10) $501,600
2/22 – 2/26 WGC: Accenture Match *
Ritz-Carlton GC, Dove Mountain
17 $95,000
2/9 – 2/12 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Multiple Courses
15 68-68-67-75 — 278 (-8) $102,400

* – Match play tournament

2012 European Tournaments
1/24 – 1/29 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Abu Dhabi CC
3 70-69-66-72 — 277 (-11)

— Data provided by Elias Sports Bureau

About James D. Horne

    James D. Horne

    James D. Horne began his writing career at the Carrollton Missouri Democrat in 1995, and was the assistant sports editor/writer for the Hammond Louisiana Daily Star for two years.  In 1998, Horne became the Missouri Basketball beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He joined The Leaf-Chronicle in Oct. 2003 as the lead prep writer and became the Austin Peay beat writer in March of 2005. During his career he won a state association sports writing award at the Daily Star and two while at the Leaf-Chronicle.

    Originally from Tampa, Florida, Horne earned his B.A in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri.

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