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Tiger Woods' Downward Spiral and Where it All Began

Andrew Sander

Posted on June 1, 2017 17:33

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Once again Tiger Woods has made headlines for negative reasons. This time Woods was charged with a DUI in Jupiter, Florida when Police found him asleep in his car about nine miles away from his home.

In the summer of 2008 Tiger Woods, 33 at the time, won his 14th Major at the U.S. Open and appeared to be well on his way to breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 Major wins. Woods was at the pinnacle of his career and it seemed as though nothing could stop him from becoming the greatest golfer ever.

Fast forward to November 27, 2009. Disaster struck. Woods crashed his Cadillac into a fire hydrant and a tree, near his home. Woods' wife at the time, Elin Nordegren, ran to the accident and smashed the window to pull her husband out. During this same month, The National Enquirer alleged that Woods was having an affair with a New York night club hostess.

One month later, in December of 2009, the flood gates broke. US Weekly ran a story about a cocktail waitress who claimed to have had a 31-month affair with Woods. Many other women, ranging from waitresses to porn stars came forward with their own allegations of having had an affair with Woods. Woods would announce an "indefinite break" from golf and check into a sex rehab facility.

In February 2010, Woods would complete his therapy. Weeks later he would go on ESPN and publicly apologize to for his behavior. Despite Woods’ best efforts to try and uphold a clean and professional image, he was dropped by major sponsors, including Gatorade and AT&T. Over the next 7 years, Woods would either pull out, withdraw or miss the cut in over 10 PGA events

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This past Monday, Memorial Day, a distraught Woods was found asleep of his running car pulled over to the side of the road. He was arrested and charged with a DUI. Tiger Woods' fall from grace has moved from sad to pathetic. But while he has lost many supporters, there is one person who still wants to see him get back on track. "I feel bad for Tiger, Tiger's a friend. He's been great for the game of golf. He needs our help. I wish him well," Jack Nicklaus told reporters when asked about Woods' DUI.

Tiger Woods has been in the spotlight since the age of two when he went on the Mike Douglas Show to display his remarkable talents with his dad, Earl Woods. There are many notorious stories about Earl yelling at Tiger during his golf swing, when he was a child, to make sure he was mentally focused enough to play through anything.

At the age of 6, Woods was playing in the under 10 division in golf tournaments and winning them easily. Woods was never afforded the opportunity to have a normal childhood. Most of us got to be kids. We got to be silly and to goof around with our friends. Tiger didn’t. Tiger had a reputation on the tour for being awkward and immature around other golfers. One wonders whether he would have coped better with his immense fame had his childhood been more mainstream. 

Andrew Sander

Posted on June 1, 2017 17:33

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