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Is It Wrong to Root for Someone to Lose?

I'm currently watching the PGA Championship and Tiger Woods is (surprisingly) not leading. Tee South Korean Y.E. Yang currently has a one-shot lead going to 18 and, while it's too early to call it, it looks like, for the first time ever, Tiger will have lost the lead that he had going into the Sunday of a major.

I have to admit, this fills me with glee. Tiger is *too* good--when he's on, which is at least half the time these days, he's in a different league from everyone else. His ability to make that tiny spheroid do what he wants it to is already legendary--and he's still in his early 30's. This has been, undeniably, good for the game. But it's bad for the drama. Goliath crushing David under his boot heel doesn't make for an interesting story; tiny, unknown David defeating the giant Goliath--now that's a story.

So, as the two leaders walk down the 18th fairway, both just having struck solid tee shots, I must admit I'm rooting for the giant to fall and for our Korean David to have his moment. Tiger will almost certainly win more majors--it's just better when he doesn't win them frequently.

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  1. Tiger's roar was silenced just this once :=)

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