Last weekend Tiger Woods played the worst golf of his career. Eldrick shot 18 over par in four days and even hit a spectator in the mouth with one of his golf balls. Not on purpose of course, but he was so errant with his shots that the guy was hit with one of Tiger’s wild golf balls.
It’s getting bad for Woods. He has yet to win in 2010 and people are already saying that it’s the end for the 14 time major winner. This week Tiger will take his talents to Sheboygan, Wisconsin where this year’s PGA Championship will be played. Whistling Straits is the golf course and it’s the last major of the golf season. If there is any time for Tiger to make his move, that time is now. Whistling Straits represents a new challenge for Eldrick, but I’m not sure if that’s what he needs right now.
During his press conference today in Wisconsin Tiger said that his confidence isn’t where it used to be and he thought that he would be further along with his game by now. 2010 just isn’t a great year for Tiger and it just may be a wash.
Yet in regards to everything that has gone on in his life since that infamous drive of his Cadillac in November, people are still saying that Tiger may be finished.
Let’s lay it down for the people: Tiger is in the midst of a divorce, according to reports, he may lose custody of his kids and have to give up $100 million to his wife in the event of a divorce. Not to mention the daily hits he takes in the media and the fact that homeboy isn’t knocking chicks down every night anymore.
Eldrick’s life is in shambles. I honestly believe that golf is the least of his worries right now. If he doesn’t play well for the rest of the year then I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be back next year. Golf is probably a release for him; something to get him away from the pressures of his regular life.
Simply put, Tiger has had the longest year of his life and that’s why he’s not playing well.
While he’s not playing well Tiger is able to find solace in knowing that the course is his personal sanctuary. Where the darts of the media can’t find him and the pieces of his broken home aren’t there to remind him of his mistakes. At least for 18 holes those things aren’t weighing so heavily on him. Tiger is human, so of course his mind isn’t as clear as he would like when he’s out there swinging away.
For the scared golf fan, don’t believe the hype. Tiger will be back and this storm will pass. Don’t listen to the media kids, Tiger’s career isn’t over. Even on his bad days he’s still better than your favorite golfer. Well, maybe not last weekend.
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