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"As always thanks for few minutes here, and Harry you. Doing great Jake. They serve me on. No problem at all, you know, for someone like you. I'll as covered golf for so long. What did seeing Tiger Woods win yesterday? What do you think it now means for the sport of golf moving forward? Well, it's just an incredible of aunt obviously, four four-goal for sports in general, as as you mentioned, you know, I think we've gotten to the point of years ago where most people didn't think this is going to happen, obviously even tiger what's going to happen two years ago at this champion center, he told people there that he was done. So, you know, I think we'd all ready kind of moved on and try to find these newer exciting players. And certainly there are plenty of those and Rory mcilroy, George steets and not just Brooks kept. But now you tiger back into mix and elevate him to write to those guys level, maybe even above them. It certainly creates a very interesting dynamic for the next year years, hopefully as long as Tigers back holds up a great point and to me one of the more. Just unbelievable parts about this whole thing is that he's essentially now playing. Against competition that he helped create that he helped inspire and you look at the masters leaderboard of the names of the golfers. Pete just Johnson keep going, you know, it really is unbelievable that he's healthy enough to play, of course. But the fact that now he's facing competition that he didn't have to face when he was quote unquote in the prime of his career. Yeah. I mean, the level of competition and the depth just continues to get better, obviously. And you're right. These guys almost Eddin player under the age of thirty five when you say why did you get into say the nineteen ninety seven masters bring up tiger. What they say he made cool. I mean, he was playing with one of those guys yesterday until defeat out that that was his idol growing up. You know, these guys are not only getting to play with their. I don't they hit for years. We love to see him back. We'd love to play against his best. Now, they're really getting out. What's that like? And you know, you wonder if they're, you know, they don't want him to be packed out. Because I don't think anybody expected him to be this good in this latest comeback. Try to couple other comebacks kind of fizzle out. You know, it's interesting to number six in the world right now. But if you take out the minimum divisor. Hurt by that. He hasn't played enough events in the last two years. He would actually number one by a good margin. So that's just incredible. Think about since he's come back. He's earned prevent more world ranking points than anyone else. Alice myers. Our guests on the progressive insurance outline. Of course, brought to you by progressives home insurance. Get your quote at progressive dot com today Alice, of course, senior writer at golf digest follow him on Twitter at Alice Myers three. So you know, you look at Tiger Woods house. I think you'd be a great person to ask this question to what worked for him. So well this tournament and to follow off of that. How does Tigers game? Now at each forty-three. How does it how is it different than what it was when he was in the private career h thirty two tiger winning that. Oh, eight US open. Right. Well, the first thing that jumps out is he doesn't have that power vantage over everyone. Now, he he's not short by any means. In fact, he's still one of the longer players this week. He said even able to ramp up to speed, which you know, is definitely a good sign. If you think he's going to continue to win these big events because if you look at what he's done this year he played pretty consistently. You know, he hasn't missed any. He's been in top twenty five I think in every stroke of any played in but he hadn't come with eight shots of the winner in any of those events. So clearly he was peaking for this week. He said he really let it go. You know, turned up the speed swung even harder. So again dominance in distance. But he still does just enough. Now, he has gotten a little more accurate off the team. You know, we're all going to remember on eleven he got pretty lucky actually did spray a couple of drives over to the right? But if you look since the playoffs last year. Fedex Cup playoffs when he went to a lighter shaft in his driver. He's actually become a lot more accurate off the tee that is put him in position. And we all know great. An iron player is even last year in his first year back in this come back towards strokes gained approach already back to being the best iron player. The putting is not quite as good as it. Once was this week. He missed a lot of actually very makeable putts. But you also made five outside of twenty feet if you'd let the field so he ended up kind of balancing that out. So it was just a well balanced game. But really where he's made his biggest tried in the last year. I think is in the driving Alice Myers with us here on Espy nation radio. Of course, senior writer at Gump digest joining us here on the progressive insurance outlined Alice. What does it mean? Now moving forward for tiger s shooting. He's healthy is that's always the big question tiger. He is going to be someone that we're gonna see now time and time out when he's competing in contention. Some of these major tournaments. If he's still healthy. I don't know how you can't think that way. Three majors in a row that he really had a serious chance to win. I mean, how many players have done that ever in their career been in serious hunt? Three majors in a row. So that's just that's impressive. You know, I think we all kept focusing on. It's been eleven years since he won the US open. It's been, you know, fourteen years since she won the master's in that that was true in certainly this was a huge hurdle to get over. But the biggest hurdle was for him to get back into contention at the open championship last year. He said afterwards that that led him. You know that reminded him what it was like to be contention. Do. We made a couple mistakes comes stretch there. And you learn from that again. So, you know, once last year, he he did that those two majors you wanted tour championship he knew he could do this again. Even if other people didn't believe it. So I think we're going see him continue, especially like I said if staple to peak for these four weeks year, I think I think we're going to keep seeing he's already favorite. If started PJ championship next month Bethpage where he he won the US open. You know, he he didn't go to Pebble Beach for the US open. We all know what he did there in two thousand. So this is shaping up to be very critical and important year for him. If he is to catch, Jack, you might need to win one more this year. And he's certainly got a great chance house Myers. Our guests progressive insurance hotline senior writer at golf digest, and you can follow him on Twitter at Alex Myers three. And you're a great point by you out as far as, you know, the upcoming major schedule shaping Alfred to have success, but I wonder though. Say he goes on to win maybe a couple more majors you'd obviously playing well. And he's healthy view think when we look back on the career of tiger. Whenever it does end at one point. And honestly, maybe the most remarkable accomplishment, and one of the all time great moments in his career might very well be winning the twenty nine hundred masters. I think it is. And, you know, having this discussion with some people, you know, when people ranking his wind, and it's incredible resume that you can go through pick out so many historic occasions that kind of jumped out of you. So it does kind of depend how you're you're ranking. I think even his agent Mark Steinberg said this, you know, the most impressive win or complement it. It's kind of different. And you know, because obviously the fifteen shot win the US open in two thousand twelve to ninety seven at the masters. It's tough to to play, you know, impress more with your played those events. But if you break it down by an accomplishment, and you put the whole thing together. This has to be number one. This is the most, you know, the most incredible comeback story. Maybe in sports just to incredible moment for it for sports fans for golf fans to see obviously, you know, ninety seven was this historical moment as well. He's coming out. Party at Augusta National significance of his background and everything else. But he's been completely written off. It had been so long. He's overcomes more than any other athlete has ever had to overcome to get back to the top. And to do it at all tournaments at the masters, which obviously is kind of separated from even the other three majors. It just made for a story. Book of tales, you could tell. Similarities to Tigers win yesterday. To Jack nNcholas his masters in nineteen eighty six. Yeah. You know, I do because the more talk about it with people. And obviously, I was young to to watch that. But you know, just from an unexpected point. I think I think you can make that comparison now Jack was a few years older. But it's yesterday right after tiger came off eighteenth green Tigers only forty three, but he probably feels older injected back in nineteen eighty six. So you know, there's that going and back Tigers the oldest masters winner since Jack one and six so it's not like we've seen a lot of old guys we need to you know, again, yet the surprise element. You had the biggest name in the game element, obviously. And then of course, what's so great about the masters in why it has separated stuff from the other majors. I think terms of St. is it everyone knows the course. So well, they know it's the first major every year and. You know, we can we can compare the holes and what they did. And everything the one key difference with out thirty on the back nine tiger. Did not do that yesterday. But the conditions were a little more difficult yesterday. I would say, but certainly, you know, I think of an older generation person wants to still put that ahead. I'm not gonna argue with them. But I've certainly seen a lot of older writers even already say that what tiger do top which acted Ninety-six. House. Myers has been our guests on the progressive insurance hotline senior writer at golf digest, and you could follow Alex on Twitter at Alex Myers, three hours."