In our life, we are all faced with choices. Do I take the choice to keep my word or do I think "I won't get caught" and break my word. Do I take the road well traveled which is known to have thousands of pit falls, which could lead me astray or do I take the less taveled road, filled with bumps and bruises along the way, which could lead me safely to my desired destination?
1. Your loving father led you astray and taught you how to cheat on the women you swore you would love and cherish.
2. Your chosen coach has taught you exactly how to improve your swing and win. Your brain led you astray, you lost that tournament.
Number 2 has continued even after you tried different coaches. Congratulations, you have turned into a "golfer wanna-be".
I hoped this weeks tournment would be your "break-back-out" tournament". It seems I was doomed to just hope.
Tiger, again, you are faced with a choice, continue your life as it is now and stay a "golfer-wanna-be" or do something about it. And, the doing something about it will require you to take the road less traveled.
The nice part about taking the "road less traveled" is that even though both will give you some mental bumps and bruises, either can lead you to your desired destination ... back to winning golf tournaments.
Choice 1: Find a city that offers a course called "The Forum" put on by Landmark Education and do it. It will cost you 3 days of your life but I promise they will be well spent.
Choice 2: Go see a psychologist and let him or her help you.
Choice 1 I know will work (I've done it 3 seperate times for 3 seperate reasons). Choice 2, if you are honest with the psychologist I think will work.
Bookish.....as a True Tiger fan myself I have to say that some of what you say could be helpful however I in all sincerity don't agree with Tiger being a wanna-be. In the history of golf I think you would agree that, we who watch golf, have never seen a media campaign against ANY professsional athlete like we have witnessed happening to Tiger, even those with CRIMINAL charges. With that said, I do have a question......in your statement you mention Tiger going through "coaches" and my question is do you mean that Tiger should go back to Butch Harmon? If so, that has been answered, Tiger is working with his current coach to save his knee to give him longevity. Doesn't matter the reasons, ie per the rumor from Hank Haney that he hurt his knee during SEAL training.....either way, the Harmon way of golf DID put massive torque on that knee so a change would be appropriate. And Haney has been video taped saying two opposing comments, proof of credibility, which Haney do we believe?
In terms of keeping your word, we have, in this country over a 50% divorce rate much of which is due to infidelity and it would be safe to say that, as stated in GolfWorld last spring from an ex-pro, that 90% of all tour players had a woman in every stop on the tour. Tiger in 10 years has come close to beating Jack's record that took Jack 40 years to do. Some examples of what we would call our "heroes of golf" were in fact engaged in the same activity. Tom Watson comes to mind as 2 years ago while almost winning or in contention used the Lord's name in vain with a few more expletives before the cameras could pan away from him, oops. He also had an affair with another pros wife, same name, causing the divorce of both couples. Lucas Glover was caught in the act when his wife walked in on him while with another woman. This of course was described by TGC, quote by Kelly Tilghman: "It's nice to see him back after winning at Bethpage Black due to 'personal problems' ".......rhetorical question......isn't that EXACTLY what Tiger's were in 2009, personal issues? Arnie Palmer wasn't even discreet about his liaisons but he is held in high regard to this day.
I agree with you that Tiger's father was not a good example for Tiger and in the book about Tiger and his father, Tiger even stated that he would be furious when he found out what Earl was doing to his mother and that unfortunately did set the stage even though Tiger also stated he would not repeat his father's behavior when he began a family. Next is the question that as Tiger came on the PGA stage and witnessed the many players that did have those opportunites and being the phenom that he has become let alone extremely attractive, how difficult does it become when women are throwing themselves at you, remember in the Bible, just the thought is as bad as the sin. No matter what the PGA wants us to believe, it is not a "Gentlemens' sport.....as evidenced by one of their biggest sponsers (pun intenteded), viagra and cialis. Faldo never got the attention for his infidelities that Tiger has and he has been divorced 3 times due to his daliances, Norman too. And while I am discussing Faldo, when Matt Every was charged for possession of an illegal substance, Faldo's comment about the post interview with Tilghman regarding that was, "he needs to find a good publicist." Not a BIT of concern that it was a crime and as was reported, "it was a well known fact that use of weed on the Nationwide tour was common practice even while playing." Also noted, Phil Mickelson had an illegitimate child (alleged), again a 3 day new cycle. A story that has been floating around for years but not significant to the Golf journalists.
Don't you find this a bit odd that we have been going on close to 3 years now just focused on Tiger, even when he runs to the porta-potty? Because of Tiger's accomplishments in a ten year period, what is it exactly that has put a target on Tiger's back yet not on the many other pros, who in their careers average have 5 wins and partake in both private and for some criminal behavior?
In all sincerity, I would agree that Tiger or anyone for that matter, that has been through what Tiger has to seek help but I don't know that he isn't, do you? When there are bombs relentlessly going off around you, which way do you go? How does a pro, who hasn't played for 3 weeks, is second in the world boast about becoming #1 again because someone loses?
I am making an assumption here "bookish" that you are a Tiger fan and your suggestions are truly meant to be helpful, but I will add that if the cottage industries that have made millions off of Tiger reflected on that, they would be thankful and pulling for Tiger to find his phenominal play instead of jumping at every opportunity to place another nail in the coffin. If is was Phil with that potential to break jack's record, they would be falling all over themselves, maybe even disappointed that he hasn't done better while Tiger has been sidelined. What is their motive......I would suspect that this predominantely white male 'gentlemens' club cannot handle the fact that this man of color realistically has the only chance to break a long standing record. What an exclusionary display of outright jealousy and repulsive human behavior. There is something amiss going on and it stinks. BTW, I am a caucasion woman, play golf with an 8 handicap from the mens' tees and have always witnessed ungentlemenly behavior while placed with a group of men.