Do you still want to see Tiger Woods win? | The Tylt
Do you still want to see Tiger Woods win?
Tiger Woods was the face of golf for years after turning pro in 1996. By age 21, Tiger claimed victory in three PGA tour events and in the 1997 Masters. According to NBC Golf, Tiger was ranked as the number one player in the world for a total of over 13 years.
Of course, this kind of sports performance often comes at a price. Tiger's dedication to his sport led to a number of injuries, some of which even he believed he would never come back from.
Fans all but lifted Tiger into the air at the 18th green after he secured his victory. For many, Tiger's comeback represents much more than another title in his pocket; it’s a redemption story of the greatest magnitude.
Golf fans know that seeing Tiger grow as an athlete was a privilege. From the 19-year-old amateur to the professional with 14 major title victories to his name, there's no question that Tiger will go down as one of the greatest athletes of all time. Nevertheless, his career is certainly not perfect. Injuries are not the only commonality among decades-long careers; scandals are as well, and Tiger has had his fair share.
Regardless of adversity, Tiger sought help when he needed it, trusted doctors where it counted and reaped the benefits of raw determination as a result. He is the comeback story fans didn’t know they needed. As ESPN’s Ian O’Connor puts it:
He was becoming Eldrick Tont Woods again, Tiger to you and me and the rest of creation. He was becoming the best of the best one more time, protecting a 54-hole lead of at least 3 shots for the 24th time in 24 tries. He was returning as Mozart and Michelangelo in a red shirt and spikes, all the way back from the golfing dead.
Now, Tiger’s name will now be associated with greatness and perseverance.
Meanwhile, for some, Tiger’s comeback passed without a second glance. In 2009, Tiger’s career finally hit a snag; his private life became public topic No. 1 as scores of women came forward claiming to have had affairs with the married golf star.
The National Inquirer initially reported on Tiger’s months-long affair with Rachel Uchitel in November of 2009. By April 2010, Tiger himself admitted to affairs with 120 women. The New York Post’s Maureen Callahan breaks down just a few of the highlights:
...perhaps Woods could have avoided what came next — the onslaught of porn stars, strippers, escorts and party girls who said they, too, had been having sex with Tiger...[One] mistress was Mindy Lawton, a diner waitress who said she and Woods had sex at his family’s home in Florida and in his Escalade, in a church parking lot, tossing her tampon out the window. There was also porn star Holly Sampson, who had sex with Woods the night of his bachelor party, and her colleague Joslyn James, who said she’d gotten pregnant by Woods more than once. Exotic dancer Cori Rist revealed Woods loved eating Froot Loops while watching cartoons.
And of course, no one can forget the infamous 2009 car crash and golf club attack. Whether Tiger’s former wife, Elin Nordegen, was chasing him after learning of his infidelity or trying to save him from himself, there was no question after this incident that Tiger desperately needed help. He checked himself into rehab for sex addiction in February 2010.
Movements like #MeToo have empowered many people to end their silence not just on sexual violence, but on all manner of unacceptable human behavior. Tiger’s past transgressions are not immune, and praise for his comeback leaves many unimpressed and unmoved.