But the close-ups of Tiger's face this weekend throughout the tournament revealed the visage of a middle-aged man, older and wiser, but no longer innocent - and when he took off his cap at the end, his bald spots revealed that Tiger is not a kid anymore.
"I took two years off to play baseball, but nothing like that", Jordan told The Athletic. He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit.
U.S. golfer Tiger Woods (back) walks during as United States former basketball player Michael Jordan (L) poses with a spectator on the third day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris, on September 30, 2018. And it had been 11 years since his last major - the US Open at Torrey Pines - which he had no right to win thanks to his torn cruciate ligament and fractured tibia. Not just the physical aspects, but all the scandals, too.
Before Sunday, Woods' last major victory was the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
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Jordan, who watched the event in a watch party with Luke Donald, the former No. 1-ranked golfer, who finished third in the 2005 Masters, couldn't help but admire the road traveled for Tiger to get to this point.
It was certainly a spectacle to see and even coming from simply a huge fan of all sports, I'm not ashamed to admit the chills all over my body and the tears welling up in my eyes. It was an incredibly amazing moment that was only multiplied when Woods made his way to his family, recreating one of the most polarizing images of his career possibly. To me, that s a major accomplishment. The unknown is the biggest thing.
It was just a normal Sunday afternoon, when did it get so dusty in here? It's cool because I kind of have an idea of what that feels like, climbing back to the top of the mountain.
I truly marvel at the ability that sport has to bring people together, no matter where they were coming from what they look like or where they're going next.