Sport Opinion: Five biggest takeaways from ESPN's powerful Tiger Woods documentary

14:25  01 december  2020
14:25  01 december  2020 Source:   golfweek.com

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While Woods fans and watchers should have already surmised some key takeaways of the piece, including Woods ' haunting after his father Earl' s death, the details and storytelling are a breathtaking look at how the writing craft can be at its best.

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I wrote about the documentary last week and watching it again didn’t make it any less striking. It’s the first of two examinations of Woods airing within a month. The second debuts in December on HBO.

HBO has a lot to live up to as ESPN set the gold standard on Woods, documentaries and race.

Here are the five most significant takeaways:

‘If you look Black, you are Black’

In many ways, the core of the documentary orbits around one sentence spoken by one of the Black interviewees when he says: “In this country, if you look Black, you are Black.”

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We watch Woods morph from his younger self who seems to strongly believe this, and an older version, who seems to distance himself from the notion, and sees himself as multi-ethnic (which of course he is). He’d invented the term Cablinasian.

This is where the documentary is at its best. It’s a racial deep dive discussion into how Woods sees himself, how we see Woods, and how those opinions have morphed and changed over the decades.

History of Black golfers is fascinating

Discussion about the history of Black golfers is fascinating and likely something most people don’t know. One such story was about Dewey Brown, who became a professional in 1928 but was only able to do so because his light complexion allowed him to pass as white. Someone later reported that he wasn’t and Brown was subsequently kicked out. A whites-only clause was added after that and stood until 1961.

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In 1976, the documentary says, there were 11 African American players on the PGA Tour, the highest number ever. In 1997, there was only Woods. In 2020, there are four.

‘He will transcend this game’

You really see how Woods’ father, Earl, believed his son would transcend not just golf, but also race, and elevate himself to something bigger than both.

“My heart fills with so much joy,” Earl once said, “when I realize that this young man is going to be able to help so many people. He will transcend this game, and bring to the world a humanitarianism which has never been known before.”

So, no pressure there.

Woods was just 20 years old at the time.

Entertaining storytelling

As much as anything, the doc is simply an entertaining piece of storytelling. It’s further proof the complicated story of race can be told with grit, honesty and eloquence.

There’s a reason this documentary feels different

Lastly, what makes this documentary so powerful, and granular, is the influence of The Undefeated. There’s a reason this documentary feels different from so many other journalistic Woods endeavors. The fearlessness of the site runs through the genome of this doc, particularly when it seeks the historical perspective and blunt opinions of former Black golfers and caddies, and also Black journalists.

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It’s all part of a solid piece of work by ESPN. A very Black piece of work.


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