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On Sunday we witnessed Tiger Woods at age 43 after 14 long years of surgeries/ and pain win the coveted Master’s Tournament. It takes a lot of grit/hard work not to focus on what was and then to focus on what could be.

Tiger did himself proud beating the odds of those who predicted that he was past his prime, an ageing athlete, who would not make the cut.

He has done it all and is now faced with the daunting question if he would/should compete again or bask in the glory of his recent remarkable accomplishment. Tiger does not need the money/fame with the sponsors lining up for him to endorse their products.

I hope Tiger chooses to go out at the top of his game after winning the Masters. Too often many professional athletes have forgotten the advice of Kenny Rogers: "You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, and know when to run". We have examples of Mohammed Ali who did not abandon his boxing gloves until he was a punching bag suffering from the dreaded Parkinson disease.

My favourite basketball player was Michael Jordan who looked terrible playing against men who were half his age when he returned to the basketball courts after retiring.

The hands on the clock have no best before warnings and too soon time/health takes a toll on every one of the players.

Tiger is the ultimate role model for young people who admire his athleticism, tenacity, charisma to perform well in front of a world audience. He is a true golf legend who God willing will continue to inspire many generations to come.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Tiger decided to make a difference in the next American election in 2020 and throw his hat into the ring to serve as a US Senator/ Congressman?

Former President Jack Kennedy words: " Ask not what your country can do for you-Ask what you can do for your country" still resonates to-day in the US of A.

Len Lesser is an education/career counselor in Dorchester, Ont.

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