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Tiger Review 2021 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Stars: Tiger Woods, Earl Woods, Pete McDaniel
The Gist: At this point in history, more of Tiger Woods’ life has been lived in the spotlight than not, and the highs and lows of his career and personal life are familiar to even casual sports fans. He was the most successful amateur golfer ever before turning pro at 20, and shortly thereafter stunned the world by winning the 1997 Masters by a record-breaking 12 strokes, starting a run of success nearly unparalleled in sports history. His personal demons rode with him the entire way, though, and his breakdown and divorce made headlines around the world. This two-part, three-hour-long documentary seeks to put the entire story of Tiger in context, painting a portrait of a man driven to be the best no matter what the cost.
Our Take: You don’t have to be an avid fan of golf to find interest in this meticulously-crafted documentary; there are a precious few athletes who transcend their sport to become global icons, but Tiger Woods is unquestionably one of those athletes. This intimate look afforded by Tiger brings much-needed context to his story, painting an almost Shakespearean tale of how he came to be the figure we all know.
Tiger Woods made wide swaths of the population care about a sport they never had before—including Black fans inspired by someone who looked like them breaking the barriers of a historically-white sport, but also fans of all races who’d found golf to be a staid, boring, old man’s country club pastime. He rewrote the playbook for sports marketing, became a video game character, and was nearly synonymous with his sport for the last quarter-century. He felt the pressure to be everything to everyone from a very early age, and it eventually cracked him.
Much of this story rests on Earl Woods. Tiger worshipped his father and lived to please him, but lived much of his life in the older man’s shadow. The film paints a portrait of an overbearing father monomaniacally focused on crafting his son into the greatest golfer of all time, starting from when Tiger was just a toddler. “I know I was personally selected by god to nurture this young man to be the greatest that ever lived,” the elder Woods once noted, and he would let nothing stand in the way of that goal. Young Tiger was barred from playing other sports, sheltered from normal childhood activities, driven full-force toward his father’s goal—a goal that was eventually realized, with him becoming arguably the best that ever played and inarguably a hugely-wealthy global icon.
There’s a cost to those dreams, to borrow a line from ESPN’s Wright Thompson, one of the many figures who appears in this documentary to recount the strain and struggle Tiger would eventually go through, especially after Earl’s death. His marriage collapsed, his injuries mounted, and he found himself chasing other dreams, including an obsessive fascination with military training that only contributed to his physical decline. He would be written off, an all-time great but someone whose prime had passed him by, before staging a stunning recovery to win the 2019 Masters after an 11-year major championship drought.
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