Tiger Woods will tee off today, on Father’s Day, at 2:05 Pacific Time, overshadowed by a paternity suit, after shooting a stunning 66 in Saturday’s third round at the US Open. In many ways, Saturday’s round may have been Woods’ finest round of golf ever; even if whatever he does on the golf course is now completely overshadowed by his personal life.
Before the US Open started, an alleged former mistress of Woods’, Devon James, filed a paternity suit against him and showed the world a picture of a nine year old boy that she says is his son. She claims that she told Woods about their son when their relationship rekindled from 2006 to 2008. She says that Woods once gave her gifts to “give to your son”.
It isn’t often, or ever, that a public figure leads a life about which it could actually be said dwarfs a Shakespearean tale. But as Tiger Woods attempts one of the biggest comebacks in major tournament golf history today, it could be said about him.
Since his personal life began to rapidly unravel last November, on the early morning hours after Thanksgiving, actually, Woods at first stayed completely away from the golf course. His return this year, from a golf perspective anyway, has been underwhelming to say the least.
Tiger, it has seemed, has been limping home, in a very figurative sense, both personally and professionally. His swagger, and yes, his mojo, were gone.
In the early stages of this US Open, it seemed Tiger was basically done for in this tournament. In many ways, his career comeback seemed to be increasingly a long shot.
But something happened on the back nine on Saturday; a back nine where nobody was really supposed to score. Tiger Woods put up no less than five birdies. Woods put up birdies on holes where birdies were really not suppose to be possible. Tiger Woods was once again performing the impossible.
As his estranged wife works through divorce proceedings against Woods, and as he plays on Father’s Day with his own relationship with his kids undoubtedly unclear, Tiger Woods today attempts to write a chapter in his history that could be the most remarkable yet. While it was often not easy to root for Tiger Woods, it is increasingly difficult in the face of his despicable treatment of his wife and family to do so.
But today as Tiger Woods tees off, five back from the lead, for the final round in the 2010 US Open, he does so on Father’s Day of all days and attempts to write a story for which the term ‘epic’ would be an understatement.
Source: Staff Reporter, “Tiger’s Alleged Baby Mama — He Gave Me Gifts”, tmz.com