Now the world has seen Tiger Woods for the first time since last November’s unraveling. And that obviously was the result of years of infidelity and deception.
Judgment is not the reason for this blog post. Tiger Woods is a human being, and his infidelities are definitely not unprecedented. In fact, I find it somewhat easy for such things to happen. Even a well meaning person can stray given the amount of money and temptation that someone of Woods’ stature attracts.
I enjoyed lots of journalistic success at a relatively young age, and that led to the flawed notion that things would always be that way. A marriage dissolved after less than four years and no children, and in retrospect it’s a relationship that might not have gone that far had I had a more balanced work-life view. Quite a bit of career success came in later years, too, after I learned that life goes on. And you know what? I had a better marriage and personal relationships then, too.
Woods’ marital status concerns me little. Indeed, that’s his problem. But I feel that perhaps the couple are simply cooling it now while his therapy works itself out.
When will he golf again? Personally, I feel it won’t be long, and the Masters in April is a very good possibility. This is still Tiger Woods, a talented golfer and a very competitive individual. Now that he realizes that he’s human, he’ll regain the work ethic and fire that led him to win the Masters in ’97, just one year after leaving Stanford University.
Time away from golf? Remember that Michael Vick missed two NFL seasons, yet came back to backup QB status with Philadelphia last season. Golf is a bit different, since it requires skill, precision and steady nerves. Remember how woods limped around the US Open course in 2008 before winning in a playoff, then virtually taking the rest of the year off? Despite the emotional upheaval that Woods has been through recently, it has only been 2 1/2 months since the scandal unfolded. He finished second in the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September, and tied for sixth in the World Golf Championships in early November. His physical skills could not have eroded much in that time. It’s all about emotion and concentration at this point.
So no need writing more about an unwritten future for Tiger Woods. The one thing I’m fairly sure of is that he will enjoy more success, and appreciate it more, too.