Let’s face it: Tiger Woods is not the same guy that was whacking golf balls around in late 2009. Oh, he looks the same but he isn’t acting the same — as in winning tournaments, or at least looking good while losing one. At the current WGC Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament he has won an historic seven times in his career, he finished with his worst performance ever, including his amateur appearances. According to Fanhouse, he shot a career high 298, finishing the 72-hole tournament by missing a birdie on the 18th hole.
Tiger Woods finished tied for 78th in a field of 80 golfers. Next to last. Tiger Woods.
To make things a bit worse, if not for his own poor performance, Phil Mickelson would have supplanted him as the #1 golfer in the world. But Mickelson finished tied for 46th place.
But poor performances have been par for the course this year for Tiger Woods, who began his slide after the mistress scandal broke in November. Marital troubles, sponsorship troubles, and image troubles began to take their toll, forcing him to take an “indefinite break” from golf to work on both his marriage and his life. But an impending divorce with wife Elin Nordegren has seen his golf game slipping commensurate with an approaching finalization date.
Could it be a lack of sex?
Seriously. Consider that Tiger Woods was winning tournament after tournament, well on schedule to become the winningest golfer of all time. At the same time, unbeknownst to the public — and apparently his wife — Tiger Woods was enjoying a rather avid (alleged and somewhat acknowledged) sexually promiscuous lifestyle. If theNational Enquirer‘s articles are to be believed, he bedded at least 121 different women that he could name during his marriage with Elin Nordegren.
His stints away from golf and in a sex rehab clinic in Mississippi seem to have thrown him completely off his game. He has also reportedly been ordered to stay away from women by his lawyers until the divorce is finalized. Although he has been seen in the company of at least one female in the past few months, he has not been seen hitting his usual party spots.
And, taken in total, it seems to have affected his overall game. His head just isn’t in it, so to speak. It seems he may have needed the after-tournament sexual romps for emotional and psychological affirmation, his wife and children for a sense of stability. Regardless, with the regular underpinnings of his life seemingly lost, he looks adrift in his golf game as well.
And losing tournaments seems only to feed the problem…
Tiger Woods might just need to get his divorce over and done with, then get back to the routine that was working for him before. All of it, sex included. Minus the wife, of course. They tend to frown on all those other women (the having sex with them part, that is). As a single man, the societal pressures are far more relaxed.
Of course, if Tiger Woods was getting off on the high of getting away with the mistresses, the sex, and the affairs, then the world may never see a return of the world’s greatest living golfer to the top of his game. And that would be a shame as well.