The founder of a Black golfing group says if Tiger Woods isn’t able to comeback from injuries suffered in a car accident, his legacy has been cemented. (Feb. 24)
VERNEL BENNETT: He's young. He's strong. He can come back. At least he's alive. So the rest is just how he-- how fast he will rehabilitate himself and get back in the game if he can. And if he can't, he accomplished a lot in his tenure from 1997 to now in the atmosphere of golf, in the history of golf, he accomplished a lot as being a Black golfer.
Tiger got into the game in 1996 as an amateur. Pro-- hit pro in '97, 1997. Black folks was in golf since 1896. So when Tiger got in it, 101 years had passed when he got in it with the same problems that they had in 1896. He's coming to an all white sport. He's in that game by himself, by himself. And he took it over.
Now, when you're a winner, everybody loves you. You stump and fall, oh, they're ready to dump you. He got injured. They dump him. He came back. Oh, they love him again. So if you're scrolling the TV screen and you see somebody-- you stop, oh, I don't know, I don't know anything about golf, but hell I don't normally see Black people playing golf. So you look at it. May not even know a game about-- you may not even know a thing about the game, so you watch it. Then when he gets done, you switch the channel. But what he did, he brought attention to the game. Because the game wasn't meant to be for-- a matter of fact, the game was structured for really old white men. That's what it was structured for.