However long he’s gone, a comeback for Tiger will be difficult

2009-12-16 00:00

What a difference a fortnight makes.

Just over two weeks ago, the news broke that Tiger Woods had crashed his car when reversing out of his driveway at 2.30 am. Most of us thought that it was a strange time to be leaving home and that more details would probably unfold.

However, little did we know that the details would become a bombshell that could wreck both his marriage and golf career. The world’s first sports billionaire still has not made a public appearance and the longer he stays away from the media, the harder it will be for him to face the world. Tiger’s sponsors are gradually deserting him and they are making statements that his contracts will not be renewed.

Incredibly, he somehow managed to keep his private life under wraps, but the revelations and his shameful behaviour make it even more surprising that nobody knew about his obsession with the fairer sex.

Unfortunately, in this day and age, people in the public eye are public property. Surely he must have known that he could not keep all of those ‘liaisons’ a secret?

Woods announced on his website that he is profoundly sorry and asks for forgiveness. It will be interesting to see if his wife can forgive a serial offender.

He also said that he is taking an indefinite leave of absence from golf to try to save his marriage. The absence of Tiger will not please the United States Professional Golfers Association because Woods is always the main attraction to golf events, particularly in the U.S. The golfing fraternity will miss him for sure, but you can imagine that when he does make his return to the game, he will be a draw-card of mammoth proportions.

His fellow professionals, however, will not be displeased that he will be absent from the PGA tour because they will be playing for first place for a change. In addition, his quest to reach the 18 major titles that Jack Nicklaus holds now seems unlikely at this point. Tiger has won 14.

The next Ryder Cup is due to take place in September 2010 at Celtic Manor. Spectators on both sides of the Atlantic have become more vocally rowdy and even abusive in recent years and if Tiger is in the U.S. team, he will be a prime target for thousands of screaming Welshmen.

The length of Tiger’s absence matters not — a comeback will be very difficult. We have interesting times ahead.

Last weekend’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held a four-ball betterball Stableford competition on Saturday. It was won by F. Alberts and P. Jonker with 46 points. In second place on a count-out were W. Weedon and T. Smith on 44 points.

Victoria Country Club held a four ball Alliance on Saturday and it was won by D. Schaup, M. Swanepoel, B. Leer and D. Sutton. In second place were H. and L. van Schalkwyk, E. De Villiers and D. De Wet on 85 points

From the 19th hole:

The Manager of a golf club was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help. He called her into his office and said, “Alice, I need some help. If I were to give you R20 000 minus 14%, how much would you take off? Alice thought for a moment and then replied, “Everything except my earrings.”

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