Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tiger Woods Drops Drastically as Prominent Golfer: No Luck at Augusta
The last thing we want from Tiger Woods, aside from his fraudulent image staining the perception of golf, a pedestrian sport in America when the casual fan rebuffs interest in watching as a spectator for such mild activity, is constant annoyance heard regularly in regards to his sex scandal in his horrendous past.
As the world's most beloved athlete and a positive role model for many children who adored the golfer, once spotless until he committed transgressions on his wife and never showed fidelity, Woods' privacy was never unveiling in the public or turned into a media circus. When he returned to Augusta National, once a refreshing environment where he was cheered in a four-day honeymoon, it felt like he had never been involved in a scandal or had never done nothing wrong and had finally redeemed himself.
Amid the month of April, on the beautiful greenery at Augusta National where the azaleas bloom and where Amen Corner is filled with activity, a crossroad crowded with hundreds of thousands of spectators sitting on portable seats giving the adulation to a well-known golfer once in shambles, Woods is earnestly on decline. For one, he is marked for life ever since he wrecked his SUV when he slammed into a fire hydrant and a neighbor's tree over Thanksgiving weekend a couple of years ago, unveiling his ugly sex scandal, generating a media circus that invaded his privacy and demolished his believability which forayed into the uncertain legacy of a golfer with his tattered credibility.
In America, before he approved the worthless advertising campaign with the creativity of Nike, it used to be common of populace to put Woods on the pedestal for the delicacy that had advertised the sport as an eventful game to allure the population in which many immersed into the Masters. These days, the Masters is an annual competition and seizes much attention in the spring as long as Woods is present and competes in the most prominent golf tournament among major events.
No more is the Masters dominated by Woods, nor does he comes in wearing the most revealing facial expression on the fairways. He used to be the one golfer everybody adored and never rooted against, but now that he's on decline, Phil Mickelson, his archrival on the course, the athlete in contention with Woods every year, can be fitted for another green jacket no later than late Sunday afternoon. There's no too much trash talking while walking down the fairways, but in recent memory, Woods’ caddie Steve Williams expressed resentment towards Mickelson and fiercely ripped him.
"I wouldn't call Mickelson a great player 'cause I hate the prick," he once said.
If Woods continues to stumble and deteriorate, now that he is aging and suddenly removed from his prime, he won't ever inch closer in surpassing the legendary Jack Nicklaus for 18 major titles, the most in history. But in order to accomplish a rare feat, he'll have to extend his level of competition. The timing is now, with the notion of Woods reaching the twilight period of his outstanding career, when he can shimmer and secure another green jacket to add to a historic collection. This is realistically, assuming he has turned down porn stars, pancake house waitresses and women from V.I.P. rooms, a way he can repair his image and erase the infamous past.
The honest assumption, being that he lost much respect and regards when we wanted to believe he was the spotless athlete with family values running an educational center for children even after revelations uncovered successive allegations of sex scandals, is the he'll never win another major title. If he does win another major, while in pursuit of Nicklaus' record 18 titles, his credibility could very well amend gradually, ending the dreadful mess to restore trust publicly.
For the time being, eager to stun all doubters and non-believers in the 2011 Masters, he is aiming to dismiss plights and horrific sins in his dubious career. The problem is, particularly if he doesn't ever qualify for another green jacket, he'll remain a certified serial cheater and has been labeled notoriously as a sex-addict that the masses amazingly still adores, despite his infamous past of a sequence of infidelity scandals.
In the matter of days, he had fallen from grace long ago and plummeted quickly, a forgotten celebrity for his wrongdoings. It was a real shame as Woods sabotaged his own image. Since then, he has never found the smoothest recovery in the sport when he is simply described as the most talented golfer. At last, from the grand scheme of things, he is returning towards normalcy, all of the sudden intrepid, fearless, confident and combative.
The reputation will take time to repair, but he can relieve much sorrow with a win at Augusta and has already made progress by his incremental maneuvers towards repossessing a piece of hope and gratification. Yet, even while his personal issues mentally and physically slashed his mental capacity on the course, he's never been the aggressive Woods we once were familiar with ever since he took an eight-month intermission to rehabilitate after undergoing reconstructed knee surgery. The good news is, of course, that he's really optimistic about winning again.
The bad news is, no doubt, that he's not the No. 1 athlete in the world but a confused golfer folks despise because of his stunning troubles recently. The odds of Woods winning again are very unlikely, but he honestly believes otherwise, as if he's in position to win at the Masters. When most athletes are forgiven eventually by escaping the dreadful incidents, Woods hasn't been forgiven but ridiculed and maligned for not speaking on what occurred the night of the auto accident or for arrogantly blowing off the media in press conferences.
A year later, nonetheless, he is still hiding behind the shadows to avoid bad publicity and further humiliation. His inability to win a major is unbelievable in a sense, finally realizing that the only way to essentially restore perception as a flawless golfer is by ending a staggering drought. The former No. 1 golfer, before he was shamed and publicly humiliated, hasn't won at Augusta since 2005. Never thought he would have gone more than 16 months winless in a tournament.
He's suffered a fall from grace and endured the worse drought in his wondrous career, dating back to 19 months without a PGA Tour title and has been winless at Augusta for his longest losing streak in four majors, albeit in that span no doubt, he tried to commonly refrain from the public and evolved into a better person. That hasn't happened. That's because Woods is absolutely arrogant and moody, lacking a good personality and moral judgment something which has paralyzed his reputation.
Whatever you believe, we should realize that he'll NOT win another major, not in the age when TMZ cameras will attempt to ruin his opportunity of capturing an adorable milestone, not in an age when he is sexually disturbed and frustrated, not in an age when modern media are ripping Woods of his foolishness. Besides, he's not the invincible golfer everybody once knew, almost obviously, when he's having difficulty focusing on the fairways after his outrageous divorce.
This time, Woods can believe in miracles and aim for a historic comeback, which is trying to place a rupture past behind him by winning charmingly in the most noteworthy major event in the sport. We are long past the Woods era, slowly watching the post-Woods era.
No green jacket? And if Tiger doesn't ever win again, he won't ever erase the ruination of infidelity. So much for Woods being the cleanest athlete. If anything, he's the most infamous athlete we've ever seen.