|Tiger Woods Wins British Open: A Chiropractic Story
By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
The news began appearing on Sunday, Tiger Woods had again won the British Open. Hours later, news agencies began reporting on American cyclist Floyd Landis and his winning of the Tour de France. Tiger Woods is the second golfer to win back-to-back British open championships (Tom Watson won in 1982 and 1983). I've noticed almost 2000 articles on the internet since Sunday, many of them talking about the intensity and endurance required for these great champions to be successful. These are not just regular athletes. Some articles suggested that the Floyd Landis win represents one of the biggest athletic comebacks seen in decades. Tiger Woods win of the British Open was his 11th major championship win. Many articles referred to Tiger as "the greatest golfer ever."
On Sunday, Planet Chiropractic reported on how cool these wins must have been for chiropractor, Jeff Spencer. Dr. Spencer has provided chiropractic care for both of these world-class athletes. He was also chiropractor to Lance Armstrong during his seven-year reign at the Tour de France.
It's more than 11 years now and many people have probably forgotten that a young Tiger Woods rode upon the Chiropractic Centennial Float in the 1995 Pasadena tournament of roses Parade. At that time, Tiger Woods was a young 19 years old, and chiropractic was turning 100. Achievements for Tiger Woods in 1995 included becoming the ninth player to win consecutive US amateur championships, being voted Pac-10 player of the year, becoming an NCAA first-team All-American, being awarded Stanford's Male Freshman of the Year, and participating in his first PGA major tournament. Interestingly, the theme for the 1995 tournament of roses Parade in Pasadena was SPORTS - Quest for Excellence.
In 1996 and at age 20 Tiger Woods became the first golfer in history to win three consecutive US amateur titles. He turned pro in August and signed multimillion dollar endorsement deals with Nike and Titleist.
In 1997 and at age 21 Tiger Woods was the leading money winner on the PGA tour with a record $2,066,833 in earnings. He won the Masters, his first major championship, by the widest margin of victory the tournament had ever seen (12 strokes). He became the youngest Masters winner ever. He also won three other PGA events that year. His chiropractic care that year was provided by Dr. Jeff Spencer.
It becomes obvious to nearly any sports enthusiast why the world's greatest athletes choose to include chiropractic care as part of their lifestyle, or in conjunction with their sports athletic training. Chiropractic Works.
As was mentioned in the multitude of sports related articles from this past weekend, regular athletes and regular people cannot typically withstand the rigors and the intensity that great champions endure. There are enormous emotional and physical demands involved. Their training requires concentration, self-discipline and mental toughness. It is easy for me to write about these qualities and characteristics but quite different to emulate them. Perseverance, focus, and emotion are all qualities of champions. At 111 years old this year, the profession of chiropractic is widely recognized as one of those champions, not only as a form of natural health care for the world's greatest athletes, but also as the leading form of natural health care for the people that love them, cheer for them, and strive to be like them.
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Dr. Michael Dorausch practices in Los Angeles, California and he is not a world-class athlete. However, living in Venice Beach, California, he is provided the unique opportunity to deliver chiropractic care regularly for athletes involved in the following sports: skateboarding, BMX, cycling, rowing, volleyball, running, surfing, tennis, competitive sailing, swimming, golf, basketball, and defensive driving. (Spend some time on the Pacific Coast Highway, HWY 1, or the 405 freeway and you'll get that last one.)