Tiger Woods and the forgiveness factor

Four rounds of high-quality golf at the Masters isn't enough to earn back our trust

Originally Published: April 12, 2010
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

When he was golden and the sport was enjoying runaway popularity, the golf world accepted the unknown in the Tiger Woods dynamic: Was he the reason the PGA Tour in general was connecting with the mainstream public, or was the mainstream public more interested in watching him than the golf?

In the 15 years Woods has been a professional, that dynamic has always served golf and served it lucratively well -- until this weekend. Saturday's third round through the last shot on Sunday contained ...

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