Although the title may present itself as a bit full of itself, the 201-page account is quite an entertaining read.
Owen, a staff writer for The New Yorker, contributing editor of Golf Digest and author of nine previous books, presents Woods for everything he is and ever was, and entertains the idea of Woods dilemma of greatness.
In the book, Owen discusses Woods past, present and future, and how ' despite the oft dilemma-ridden task ' the young star seems to be the right man for the job of bringing golf into the 21st century.
He also entertains the notion that it may have been Woods all along (as opposed to his fathers strict upbringing) that has been the overriding factor of his success.
This seems to be one of Owens main themes throughout The Chosen One, as this sample suggests:
It has become increasingly clear over the years that Tigers drive has always been internal, and that while Earl and Kultida may have been its facilitators, they were not its authors. When Tiger was still very young, for example, he memorized his fathers office telephone number so he could call Earl each afternoon to ask if the two of them could practice at the golf course after work. Tiger has written that Earl would always pause for a second or two ' keeping me in suspense ' but he always said yes.
There are plenty more examples of this theory throughout the book, which points to Owens belief that Woods unimaginable talents from the beginning were the motivators of Earls strict regiments.
It is an interesting argument, to be sure, and it certainly lends itself to the books title.
In the accounts later stages, Owen takes a crack at the money issue of Tiger Woods.
Sportswriters and sportsfans have criticized Woods for caring too much about money (as we did when he let the PGA Tour know that he felt the Tour was exploiting his image without adequately compensating him); yet we have also criticized him for not caring about money (as we did when he said, in an early interview with Curtis Strange, that second place sucks ' a comment that was interpreted not only as arrogant but also as professionally nave.) Our problem may be that we are able to think of his life and career only in roughly the same terms in which we think of our own: a hundred million dollars would make us lose interest in our jobs, and second place sounds plenty good to us.
Whatever your notion of Tiger Woods, this book will certainly provide a great source of entertainment.
One of its finest aspects are the countless stories that you may or may not have heard yet of the worlds best player. The book is riddled with old tales by and about Tiger Woods, and quotes from when he was young and on his way to stardom, such as the one David Feherty made during the 97 Masters.
I played for a living for twenty-five years, and Ive played with just about everybody, and I think I can say now that Tiger has hit virtually every truly great shot Ive ever seen. As we speak, he is deleting some of my greatest memories and replacing them with his. He simply does things other golfers cant do. Hes like the Heineken in the commercial: he refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach.
A smile will continually cross your face with each passing page of The Chosen One.