Is Tiger Woods washed up?
John J. Raspanti
Anyone who follows golf with any regularity has heard the whispers. Could the greatest golfer in the last fourteen years and perhaps ever, be done, kaput, finished?
Oh as a husband for sure, but a golfer?
Not a chance.
Obviously the year 2010 has been the worst of Eldrick Tont Woods life. Before that his life had been almost dreamy, number one golfer in the world, married to sometimes model, building corporations and becoming a human conglomerate. His image was impeccable but as the king of rock and roll once said…”A image is one thing and a human being is another”
We’ve seen plenty of human in Tiger lately and plenty more flaws. His behavior off the golf course his been immature and self destructive, riddled with lies and deception. On the course he has looked more than mortal, for him. There’s a key right there for him. Tiger Woods have always been held to a much higher expectation than anyone who has played professional golf, including Bobby Jones and even Jack Nicklaus. If Tiger doesn’t win, the grumblings begin. It’s his coach, his wife, his kids, his body, his mother. The pressure must be enormous. Tiger played at Augusta in April and did surprisingly well. He was in contention the last day and ended up tied for 4th. Anyone with a pair of eyes could see the golf rust and something else.
That something else reared itself at Quail Hollow when Tiger did something unspeakable…he missed the cut. Tiger doesn’t miss cuts. Tiger wins tournaments. But the 2010 Tiger at Quail Hollow looked lost and without a clue as to what to do. It was his swing again but I believe just as much of the problem was mental. Golf is the most mentally challenging game, and when you get mental and negative your game usually goes to pieces. And that’s just what happened – Tiger Woods went to pieces. He seemed to almost quit on the last day. It was something any golfer can relate to, waving the white flag and saying…I’m doneget me the heck out of here.
He came back a few weeks later and this time made the cut, but ended up bowing out during the final day with a neck injury.
So Tiger missed the cut and a few weeks later quits after seven holes due to a neck injury. Say it aint so…Tiger. Last week his swing coach Hank Haney resigned, as the rain continued to pour.
And so the whispering begins. Tigers done or better…he should just retire if he can’t play like “Tiger” anymore.
Here’s why he’s NOT…done.
Tiger Woods has won seventy one tournaments including fourteen majors. In 2008 he won four times (playing half the season) and in 2009 six. He almost won the Masters last month with a brain that was probably floating out near mars. You don’t win six golf tournaments and lose it…you do lose it at least temporarily when you don’t play golf competitively for five months and your personal life is on display. He’s only thirty four years old, and is most likely near his prime or maybe a tad below it. His injury has set him back a bit, but he’s recovering. Elin Woods is about ready to file for divorce which actually will be a good thing for Tiger Woods…the golfer. His mind (always one of his strongest assets) will be clearer, allowing him to do the something that he was meant to do, play golf. His will that pushed him to win the 2008 U.S Open on basically one leg will be pushing again. Woods game will improve gradually as it did at The Players Championship. He will start to feel like Tiger again because raw God given talent always, regardless if the masses want it to or not…rises to the top.
Will he win a tournament this year? Absolutely…will he win a major? I think the chances are very good, especially at Pebble Beach and later the British Open.
So get ready people, the lost Tiger will soon be found. And what Tiger finds will be a tournament sooner rather than…later.
© John J. Raspanti