Thursday, April 8, 2010

Both an Underdog and a Champion

The moment that so many of us have been waiting for finally happened today. Tiger Woods returned to golf to play his first round at the Masters. He received a warm reception from his fellow golfers and the spectators alike. However, you might be surprised to learn that Tiger Woods is not the only golfer who is participating at Augusta this weekend.

A golf website out of the United Kingdom featured an article yesterday about Phil Mickelson with the heading "Underdog Mickelson Lies in Wait for the Tiger." Of course, it's unusual to consider someone who is a two-time champion on this course to qualify a player of underdog status, but the label just may be accurate in this instance.

The author of the article, Will Tidey, points out that Mickelson likely would have at least doubled the three major titles he now holds and spent good part of his career as the number one player in the world. But, he has the difficult reality of playing at the same time as the person who many consider the greatest golfer in the history of the game. So, underdog status it is.

In my upcoming release, Opur's Blade, I develop another underdog story for the readers to discover. While perhaps not carrying the same tradition and reverence that The Masters brings to Augusta, my underdog from the fictional Prairie Winds Golf Course is in a fight for his life at The Classic in Muscle Shoals. It provides a great backdrop for the plot to unfold. If you find yourself cheering for Phil Mickelson this weekend, maybe you find a connection with the underdog in Opur's Blade as well. While you are waiting for Opur's Blade to hit bookshelves, I hope you will check out my three published novels and let me know what you think.

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