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Backing the overdog—why we prefer to support winners

I'll be cheering on Tiger Woods at the Open—and so will you

Tiger Woods. Photo: Keith Allison

I was talking to my mom in Texas when my dad came on the line and said, “Tiger just birdied the 15th. He’s two up with three to play.” For some reason, this counted as breaking news, so I turned on the television and watched the end.

As Woods lined up the final two-foot putt for the championship you could see him almost physically restraining the emotional build-up—like holding something on a leash, you have to keep still. His first modest fist-pump, after the…

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