I’m a big believer in redemption; the idea that something or someone can come back and improve from a declined or dilapidated state. Over the past several months nobody has been in greater need of redemption than Tiger Woods. Redemption however is a two way street, not only is the receiver of redemption in need of the grace of those giving it, the receiver is also in need of humility to receive it and most of all recognize it. Tiger Woods Masters tournament proved that he qualified in one aspect but that he’s far lacking in the other.

Many people wondered how the crowds would react to Tiger as he appeared in competition for the first time since the scandal of all scandals broke in November. Over the past several months we’ve learned way more than we ever wanted to know about the best golfer to ever play the game. Unfortunately I think yesterday we may have learned even more about him.

Tiger Woods post Masters interview with Peter Kostis was telling. You can see the video here. I watched the tournament not really in amazement, but more with a sense of pride in man’s ability to forgive and forget. As the galleries cheered and graciously accepted Tiger back into the fold, you really had to be just a little surprised. It seemed Tiger Woods redemption was almost complete. Then came the interview.

In stunned amazement I watched as a man who should be thankful for so much, was thankful for nothing. In Tiger Woods redemption free interview, he spoke not of the wonderful story taking place as Phil Mickelson won his third Masters for his wife sick with breast cancer; not once did he offer thanks or adulation to the thousands of fans who had come out to see him and graciously accept him back. Nor did he seem appreciative, like any one of us would be, about being able to do what he loved most and do it well. He finished fourth but acted as if he’d missed the cut.

Tiger told CBS’ Peter Kostis with a really flippant answer that he had entered the tournament to win and now he was going to take some time off to “re-evaluate” things. I guess that means we’ll see him again at the U.S. Open. Tiger Woods, redemption is a two way street, pal. No humility, no sense of appreciation for the game, the people, the place or for his lot in life. Tiger acted as if he were owed the win. Sure, he works hard and knows that to attain the level of greatness he has takes hard work. But yesterday, Tiger acted as if somehow, somewhere the golfing gods owed him one.

In stark contrast to Tiger Woods let me speak a moment about Lee Westwood, a great golfer in his own right. Westwood was in contention the whole week, and paired with Mickelson on Sunday. In the last several major championships he’s been a bridesmaid and never a bride. He fell short again but told Kostis in his interview that despite finishing second he felt like “a lucky man.” He also spoke very cordially about Phil Mickelson, saying that perhaps after what he’d been through the last year (with his wife’s cancer) that maybe he deserved something good to happen.

Tiger Woods, redemption is a two way street, pal. Take a lesson or two from Lee Westwood or Phil Mickelson or your average run of the mill convict who is released and then takes advantage of his second chance. Redemption requires that you show humility, humility in the fact that you received grace that you probably didn’t deserve. Humility in knowing that everyone is not as blessed as you are in many ways but blessed in far greater ways than you in others. Tiger Woods, redemption is a gift and you’d better start acting like you know it.