5 takeaways after watching ‘Tiger’ on HBO

Move over, ‘Tiger King’ -- 2021 so far is about ‘Tiger’

Tiger Woods in 1995 at the Scottish Open Golf Championships.
Tiger Woods in 1995 at the Scottish Open Golf Championships. (Allsport/Getty Images)

By now, Tiger Woods is a household name. Many of us grew up with the guy, so to speak, and remember his incredible streak of dominance: He knew how to win, time and time again. He was so sharp. So laser-focused. So consistent. So smooth. And those putts he could sink -- they were unbelievable.

And of course, even if you’re NOT a golf fan, you surely know the name and you recall his high-highs and his low-lows. First there was the winning; then came the affairs, the crumbling of his family and the injuries. He had an infamous DUI charge in 2017, and you might be able to picture his mugshot in your head. It didn’t show the bright-eyed, wide-grinning Tiger we’d all come to know and love. He looked, in a word, rough.

Well, we’re here to remind you: There’s now a two-part documentary you can stream about the golf legend’s iconic rise and fall, and it’s available on HBO Max. It’s a deep dive into Tiger’s life, but it moves fairly quickly, especially considering there are just the two episodes, which run about 90 minutes apiece. If you have some time, you’ll knock it out in a night (and be glad you did). Here’s a trailer for it:

Woods himself didn’t participate in interviews for the project, but obviously, being in the spotlight all these years, there’s no shortage of first-person footage. You’ll also hear from his former longtime caddie and friend, his first serious girlfriend, even his kindergarten teacher and others. Although the documentary was made for entertainment value (being HBO and all), it still seems like a revealing and pretty accurate look -- from what we can tell -- at everything that’s unfolded over the past few decades in the famed golfer’s life.

So without further ado, here are some takeaways: Everything that seemed crystal-clear was ...

1. The intensity of Tiger’s dad

Earl Woods (who died of cancer in 2006), truly groomed his son for this role -- starting when Tiger was just a baby.

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