As a 26 year old sports fanatic I have grown up watching Tiger Woods dominate not only the golfing world but also become the most dominate sports figure in America. It also looked like he was going to crush Jack Nicholas' record of 18 career major wins. Then... Thanksgiving 2009 hits the calendar and his life is turned upside down. Now I don't agree with his personal choices I do however understand them. If you were a world famous billionaire and traveling almost year round, I'm sure the number of women that throw themselves at you would be pretty hard to turn down and as we all know, Tiger didn't turn anything or anyone down. Once again, I don't blame him but I do blame him for making the decision of getting married and starting a family. If you want to hook up with a bunch of gold digging skanks then don't have a wife.
After a year of drama Tiger decided to get back onto the course and let his play do the talking. I always felt that if Tiger stepped up and just dominated a tournament like he used to everyone in the media and the fans who follow him would forget his indiscretions and allow him to get back into the groove of things. Unfortunately that win has never happened. It's now been over three years now since his last PGA win and I personally haven't seen any sort of sign that he is close to winning again.
This now raises the question of if the PGA can regain the popularity it had when Tiger was at the top of his game. There have been several players who have won some big tourneys and every time a new young kid wins, like Rory Mcilroy, or even the new PGA champion Keegan Bradley, I hope that these kids find a way to win consistently. No one has proven that they can do that so far. In order for the PGA to regain some of it's followers it needs to have dominate and consistent winners. I thought Mcilroy was going to be that guy this year with three solid rounds at the Masters and then a US Open win, but since then he has faltered.
Was Tiger that good? Or is it just that hard to consistently win a golf tournament? I think the combination of both is the real answer. I hope to see another golfer as dominate as Tiger, someone who makes a regular sports fan watch a golf tournament, or pick up some sticks and step out on the course themselves. That is exactly what the PGA wants but hasn't found yet. It's what the PGA needs.
No professional golfer needs to win tournaments to make a really good living and that could also be one of the problems. If you finish all four rounds in a PGA tournament you are going to get paid a decent amount, The two guys who finished in last place this weekend (after making the cut) in the PGA championship took home $15,000. Then add on sponsorships and no one is hurting for cash, and no one is dying for a victory, except maybe Tiger. Don't get me wrong I'm sure every guy who steps out onto the course every weekend is looking to win, but the consequences of last place is a$15,000 check. Boo Hoo.
So, we are on a three year streak of nothing but bad news regarding Tiger Woods, I mean seriuosly, when was the last time something good about Tiger came out in the news? I think it was 2008, that was last decade. Is there anyone left but me who hopes that when he plays a tournament that he wins? I hope I'm not the last one because I am slowly losing my patience. The guy shot a +10 in two days and missed the cut. This is not the Tiger us golf fans are used to seeing and it doesn't appear he is ready to get any better. Is it in his head? It has to be. I don't know what it's going to take to get him back to where he needs to be but unless it happens soon I can only see more sponsors pulling the plug and more fans slowly forgetting about how great he once was.