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"To the best available store your not really allowed to root for teams or really even individual athletes. One of the greatest athletes is countries ever produced. He was before he won today and look at golfers athletes, but but I certainly do and I think what. He's done conquering and unconquerable unconquerable game is I've been doing this for thirty two thirty three years, and I would put him at the top of my list of great figures. I've covered put this event today at the very top as well. And I've seen a lot of memorable events over the years. But this just not do Kentucky nineteen Ninety-two off my number one list. Anyway, so it was seeing a an athlete and a man who was early man in a broken athletes not long ago and Billy coming golfer Razan aging golfer, but really as as a human being has banned he's just an entirely different person now. And I think that's probably the most important part of the narrative that he has proved as a as a man as a father has a friend as a competitor with a lot of players on tour to see now quite differently than they used to. So I think that is a big part of his story. So, Ian, where exactly is that train change inspired from in tiger. I just think Trevor win you get homeboy of like that. And you think of now a lot of people talk about this being one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. What has to be noted that what he was coming back from a lot of it was self imposed self inflicted, not all of it. But the scandal from hell that cost his marriage was was all tiger and the D Y arrest. Well, it was really a a man in ten physical pain overmedicated himself. But obviously, you can't be behind the wheel where you could really harm yourself or someone else or worse is. So he's made a lot of the stakes that's caused a lot of pain not just for selfish family, but for other. So I think that has to be also a part of the story but being broken down like that being humbled. I think that he came back older more mature or what he has now that he could play golf again at a very high level and you see him now with fans Moorhead nights more. I engage more. Autographs more handshakes war bringing the the average fan into the experience was not something you ever really did in his prime. He was a lot like a young Jack Nicklaus who really sort of blocked everything and everybody out until he got older and started figuring that hey, maybe I should be more like Arnold Palmer. And so I think Tigers on that path now, and it served really, well, this could be the greatest comeback story. We've ever seen in any any sport with all the injuries two years ago at the masters. He told everyone he was done and he was never going to play again. He couldn't escape the pain. He couldn't play this kid. He couldn't he was bedridden. He couldn't get up. He couldn't stand. You couldn't sit. You could do anything here. His when the most prestigious golf tournament in the world for fifth time, it it really is a staggering thing. He's done physically. But to call it the greatest comeback even golf history. He don't know when you look at Ben Hogan, nineteen forty nine getting hit by a bus in nearly dying more than once was once on contact was in his car, and he tried to actually save his own life by diving across to passenger side to protect his wife and a greyhound bus crash on his side into that car. So he nearly dies there in the hostile had blood clots died again, he comes back and what sixteen months later, Wednesday US open. So it's hard to top that. But this is up there certainly with the greatest comebacks in history of market sports. There's no question about that. O'connor who has also authored a number of books, including Arnie and Jack about golf's greatest rivalry certainly well aware of the history of the sport and one tiger accomplish this weekend at Augusta with his eighty first career PGA tour victories trailing only same stamps need for buy one for the most all time big win for tiger. Felt good for a lot of folks. But it didn't feel good for the sport sports. They lost big better at."