Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tiger Comes, Tiger Goes

A number of athletes in my lifetime have quickly fallen from grace after scandle and faded from the top of their game into oblivion: Mark McGwire, Allen Iverson, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Curt Schilling just to name a few. But has any one of them been such a spectacle and so precipitous as that of Tiger Woods. It has been about a year and half now since Tiger's infidelity scandals started to break in November of 2009, and has been winless for an unprecedented 18 months. His rocketing descent continued on Thursday as he withdrew form the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass after just nine holes, shooting a 6-over 42. Woods took a triple bogey on the 4th hole and was noticeably limping during his opening round. While the troubles that Tiger has been having with his knees recently are well documented, it is hard to believe that his mental troubles equal if not outweigh his recent physical shortcomings. The calm, cool laid back Tiger that we all grew up watching has been replaced by a man that has a permanent scowl gracing his face. This performance also comes just days after Bubba Watson made public comments during a press conference about how Tiger is too much in his own head and clouding his ability to play the game at his very best. When Tiger's philandering ways first came to light back in 2009, many of us (myself included) laughed and took it all in like a giant circus playing out for our amusement. Now, it just seems sad. A man's psyche and physical and emotional well being are literally crumbling before our very eyes, and there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel.

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