Hoggard: Tiger Woods Is A Changed Man

Woods' win at Augusta National prompted a wide range of emotions from fans and non-fans alike

Tiki and Tierney
April 15, 2019 - 6:47 pm
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Tiger Woods won the Masters on Sunday, prompting a wide range of emotions from fans and non-fans alike. It was Woods’ first major championship in more than a decade – and his first Masters title since 2005. It was a great accomplishment, no doubt.

But is Woods a changed man? Golf Channel analyst Rex Hoggard believes he is.

“I do,” Hoggard said on Tiki & Tierney. “I’ve covered him his entire career. I started covering golf the year he turned pro, and I’ve seen the ups and incredible victories, and I’ve seen the unbelievable lows that he’s gone through. But the one thing that’s truly different is with the media. He is much more engaging. You can sit and have a conversation with him now about anything. 

“But it’s more about how he engages with everyone else around him,” Hoggard continued. “You saw it at Augusta National on Sunday as he’s coming off the 18th green, he’s high-fiving people. Tiger never really did that. He’s engaging with people in the crowd.”

Woods, of course, endured an epic fall from grace over the last decade. Throw in a couple of back surgeries, among other health issues, and his career was very much in jeopardy. 

After winning the Masters, though, it’s safe to say he’ll be sticking around for a while.

“Golf fan or not, I don’t think there’s a better story than a reclamation project,” Hoggard said. “The comeback story is what books are written about.”

Click below to listen to Hoggard’s interview in its entirety.