Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

He is, like the baseball hero of Bernard Malamud's 1952 classic sports novel, a natural. The moment the 21-year-old Tiger Woods shattered the Masters Tournament record and stepped off the 18th hole to fall weeping into his father's arms, an innocent boy once again, he entered the realm of mythic hero. Woods now stands at that pinnacle of initiative, physical prowess, resolve, opportunity, and raw commercialism that embodies American sports and much of American culture.

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