August 9, 2010
Posted: 06:25 AM ET
Imagine if, after Michael Jordan won his fifth NBA Championship, he could no longer make jump shots or even dunk. Imagine if, nine months after Muhammad Ali beat Joe Frazier in Madison Square Garden he began losing to everyone... even unknowns. Imagine if, after Jerry Rice’s record-setting performance in winning Super Bowl XXIII, he dropped every pass thrown his way.
You’d think you were in the Twilight Zone, right? That’s what we’re witnessing with Tiger Woods, folks. His disastrous 18-over-par performance at the Bridgestone Invitational is the worst four rounds of golf he’s ever played as a pro. And it happened on a course he won 70% of the times he played it.
Less than one year after winning the FedEx Cup, given annually to the world’s top golfer, Tiger can’t make four-foot putts. He can’t hit fairways or even the broad side of a barn. Most of us thought he’d struggle when he returned, but not like this. At first he looked like a shell of his former self. Now he looks like he’s in the movie “Freaky Friday” and traded bodies with Jamie Lee Curtis.
If the lowest point in his personal life was giving his public apology, this is the lowest point in his professional life.
Sunday was the first time Tiger has more or less admitted his personal problems may be getting the best of him.
“It’s been a long year,” Tiger said, looking like a beaten-down beatnik sporting his new goatee.
Up until Sunday, Tiger shrugged off the idea that he couldn’t focus when it came time to tee off.
This also could be the first time Tiger’s staunchest fans, who’ve stood defiantly in defense of him like the Britney Spears fan under the sheet, may actually start thinking what I said after the British Open: His days of dominating the sport could be over. If they say they aren’t thinking that then they’re lying or don’t want to admit it.
Yes, he can still turn it around. But that could take a year or maybe two. And even if he does get his mind right, at 34 his body may not follow as easily. And while he takes his time to return to form, his competition continues to get better and more importantly doesn’t fear him like they used to.
Tiger Woods' wife, when she found out about his infidelities, probably felt like she didn’t know him anymore.
Now the golf world and Tiger’s fans probably feel the same way.
Thoughts? Post away.
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