13 Dec Tiger Beat: Why Tiger Woods Leaving Golf Is A Smart Move
When this announcement from TigerWoods.comcame on Friday, it sent shock waves through the golf and sports world;
I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I’ve done, but I want to do my best to try.
I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding. What’s most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.
After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person.
Again, I ask for privacy for my family and I am especially grateful for all those who have offered compassion and concern during this difficult period.
First, he admits to his indiscretions, no matter if it was 1 woman or 100 women, and it might be closer to that 200. But the leave of from the world of golf, is the big thing. The PGA is going to hurt. The ones who paid to air golf events or sponsor those events are going to hurt without Tiger Woods there. Face it, the ratings are just not going to be there.
We all know the story, before Thanksgiving of this year, Tiger Woods was Mr. Clean, the hero of millions world-wide. Then it seemed like the 12 days of Christmas, where instead of a gift, it seems like another woman would come forward to claim she got a hole in one with Tiger Woods. TMZ covered Tiger Woods the past 3 weeks more than they ever did in their existence. In fact, so did I, and every other blog site.
To ESPN’s credit, until that voice mail leaked, they went with the car accident story the entire time. Why? They know how much Tiger Woods means to them. ESPN of late had turned into a sports version of TMZ but they wanted nothing to do with the Tiger scandal until they could not ignore it anymore.
This is why Tiger’s move to take a “hiatus” is so smart on his part. Whether he can fix his marriage or not, and can you really after getting it on with more than a dozen women, people are going to back off of him. It comes to the whole he has admitted what he did and apologized so leave him alone. It turns him into the victim in all of this. Brilliant move.
I take no pride in writing about Tiger Woods and his affair, even though we wrote about the story before the TMZ’s of the world caught on. Yes, I made Tiger jokes. Everyone did. Sometimes, the private lives of a celebrities, albeit movies, music, and sports, become public foddle and it is times like this I do a gut check of what I do and just how scandalous I want to become. It is the line of being a blogger and a reporter of reporting news or sticking with gossip. Sometimes, the gossip becomes the news and it was in this case.
The golfers who were criticizing Tiger will now see how life was like in the golf world before Tiger. Gone will be the coverage. Gone the nice things that went along with Tiger being on the circuit. Only one player could have this effect on a sport and it is Tiger Woods. The NBA suffered a huge loss when Michael Jordan left the Chicago Bulls, but they had Shaq, Kobe, Wade, and Lebron save them rather quickly.
The golf world will not lose Tiger for that long and I will be shocked if he is not back for the Masters in April, but the press release of the hiatus, and with no real return known, Tiger is taking his clubs and going home. Now, if only Tiger’s woman could disappear, the coverage would fully stop.-Dr.FB