The Second Life of Tiger Woods

Avid Reader: S. & S. Mar. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9781982122829. $28. SPORTS
Sportswriter Bamberger (Men in Green) aims to shed new insight into the life of championship golfer Tiger Woods, who has made headlines for years, both for his long winning streak and for less laudable personal reasons: a failed marriage, an arrest in 2017, followed by a raft of physical injuries. While he might still be playing, his future was all but written off. In this book, Bamberger examines the golfer’s fall from grace, his penance, and his road to redemption, examining Woods through the lens of golf as a sport that sustains the legacy of its forebears. Similar ground is covered in Curt Sampson’s Roaring Back (2019). Here, Bamberger also focuses on Woods as he works to resolve personal struggles and open himself up in the process. Perhaps his only significant flaw is the inability to forgive those who, at least in Woods’s mind, broke his trust. What Bamberger has done well is show how parents shape their children, in public and private.
VERDICT Readers who enjoyed Roaring Back as well as Tiger Woods (2019) by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian will appreciate the insight here.
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