Tiger Woods won another golf tournament this weekend. Getting lost now in the tide of victory stories is a comment he made to the press, explaining why he provoked an audience reaction that disturbed a competitor's shot.
"The marshals, they told me he already hit, so..." is what he said. To which one of the marshals, John North, responded: "Nothing was said to us and we certainly said nothing to him. I was disappointed to hear him make those remarks. We're there to help the players and enhance the experience of the fans. He was saying what was good for him. It lacked character."
Successful competitors do whatever it takes to win and Tiger Woods is one of the most successful competitors in recent American history. America has a proud history of competition and, as every American knows, we are the best at pretty much everything.
So goes the illusion. Facts be damned, America prevails. God bless, then, individual Americans who can look in the mirror and choose integrity. That's where character - often lacking in headline celebrities – can be found. Winning, for those with character, means being your best while championing the best in others, and proving it with honorable deeds and truthful words. For those with character "may the best man win" is more than a slogan.
Champions come and go but the impact of character endures for all time.