I have tried to steer clear of all of the Tiger Woods talk, because in my opinion there’s already been to much media attention given to it. But as I continue to here the reports and comments I am compelled to chime in. First off let me say that in no way do I agree with what he has done, I don’t condone, nor condemn because my life has not been perfect. If one has lived a life of perfection then they have the right to judge, last I checked perfection is a virtue possessed by no human being. That in reality is what Tiger Woods is, a human being capable of a life filled with mistakes and wrong choices, a life of learning and finding out what is right and wrong and what works and doesn’t work for him. The problem with being a celebrity is that the public puts them on this pedestal and expects for them to be flawless in every way. All humans are flawed to some extent, this is the means by which we learn, mature and grow. Who granted anyone the authority and/or the right to stand in judgement of anyone else’s faults and shortcomings. The public and media holds people like Tiger to a higher standard than everyone else, I ask the question why? We truly know nothing more about Tiger Woods than the fact that he is arguably the greatest golfer that we have ever seen. His persona and image has been carefully crafted and created over the years and because of his success on the golf course it is believed that he is a moral and upstanding person, I cannot make that call, nor would I make that assumption based on how little I know about him. There is this perception that money and fame makes one an upstanding person, we know with certainty from our economic situation, our governmental revelations and our country’s corporate unveilings as of late that money does nothing more than expose more of a persons true nature. Less we forget all of the good things that Mr. Woods has done, not only through his foundation, but the first tee program and his many other philanthropic endeavors, it is unbelievable how quickly people’s views and opinions in regards to someone can change.
I have a major problem with how people are portraying him as the new public anti-christ or something. I read the other day a comment posted following an online article, a man said, ”he should just kill himself, that’s the only way for him to gain honor.” Incredible, yes he made a huge mistake in judgment, but who hasn’t. The other thing that irks me to no end, is how everyone is suggesting that he should give a public explanation and come clean, I ask why, he has already been vilified and publicly crucified, his reputation is destroyed and people have already formed their personal opinions about him. This of his own doing I agree, but what good could a public statement possibly do him at this point. Furthermore the only person he owes any explaination to is his wife, and I am sure that it has been given. I would address no one, particularly the media, golf is what he does, it is who he is and the sooner he gets back to doing it the better off he’ll be. Yes the questions will come up, but I would comment that I am dealing with my issues on a personal basis with my wife, and that’ll work itself out how it will, I am dealing with my personal issues and doing what I can to be a better person. If you want to talk golf, let’s talk golf, other than that I will not be addressing any question concerning my personal life. Yes the questions will persist, his responds should be, if we are talking golf, I will be glad to answer your questions, but the first question that comes forth pertaining to my personal life this interview is over for everyone.
How will this affect him long-term, surely there will be some tough days ahead, that comes as a result of his decisions. But I think in time he will be fine, I also think that this will unleash a Tiger on the golf course unlike we have ever seen. The thing that sets him apart in the first place from other golfer is his mental toughness. Yes he has superior talent, but it is his will and mental fortitude that makes him the best. He will be on a focused mission to decimate and obliterate the golf records like never before, the media and his peers will wish that this had never happened. The golf course will become his solace, his haven and his personal killing field. He faces the same situation as when he first came on tour, no one liked him and thought that he was a cocky and arrogant teenager that thought he would take the PGA tour by storm, he did. Everyone will want him to fall flat on his face and exit the game in disgrace. But he will conquer this obstacle like he has everyone he’s ever faced, by dealing with it head on and overcoming it because he expects to be the best, he expects to win, where others merely hope that things will work in their favor. He will always have an asterisk by his name because of this, but one thing they will never ever be able to deny him, is that he is a great golfer perhaps the greatest, and when he’s winning again all they can ever do is hate him even more for being the best. One thing’s for sure in life, is that storms will come, some by nature, some self-induced, but those who overcome them have an ability to weather them knowing that better days are ahead, they just keep moving forward, those who don’t, stand still and allow the rain, hail, snow and wind beat them down, complaining all the while. He has overcome much in his life and this to shall pass, we all should live and let live, because we all have our own skeletons in our closets. I’m sure that if the shoe was on one of our feet, we would surely not want all of our business out there to be scrutinized and debated. I feel for his wife and children, but he’s made his bed and an uncomfortable one it is, I’m sure he will figure it out, what else can he do, there is great truth in the age-old adage, “that which doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.” Good luck Tiger, I can’t wait to see you back dominating the PGA tour again and silencing all of the haters.