What it is meant to suggest is two things: First, Els may turn out to be one of the five great players in golf history before all is said and done. It is also meant to suggest that 2003 was a year in which Woods struggled with his swing, his equipment and a full recovery from knee surgery. Will Woods ever play back to his form of 2000? I think so. But in golf, there are no guarantees.
Maruyama was honored just to be part of it all. There's a lesson there for those who would learn from it.
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