When tuning in to watch the final round of the AT&T National last night, viewers could catch a glimpse of Tiger Woods texting someone on his mobile. The commentary team informed us that he was sending words of congratulations to his shaving friend, Roger Federer.
Federer had been busy winning his 15th Grand Slam at Wimbledon, a number that Woods himself is after. Meanwhile, yesterday, the world number one was content on winning his own AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, his third win of the season and 68th PGA Tour title.
A few months ago we were all asking whether he was ever going to be the same formidable force that he was when he completed his own ‘Tiger Slam’. Indeed, was he actually ever going to beat Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 Majors? Legitimate questions, however, given the nature of his knee injury and the surgery that followed.
Likewise, Federer’s invincibility at the top of the tennis rankings was being questioned as Sergio Garcia’s pal Rafael Nadal started to get the better of the Swiss star. He’d even started getting beaten by a British player, his career obviously in freefall.
What this weekend has taught us, as if we needed reminding, is that class really is permanent. For Gillette, it would appear that chief endorsers Woods and Federer have some mileage left yet.
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