Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tiger Wood's Real Challenge, Not Nicklaus, But Growing Up

After Accusations, Sex Scandals, Car Crashes, Divorce, Injuries, and 30 months of losing, Tiger Woods has finally won a golf tournament, but that was the easy part. While the surface layer of the golf world can now credibly discuss Wood's hunt for Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major tournament wins, even that monumental challenge will be far easier than redeeming his place as one of the greatest sports athletes that ever is/was. The reason for this is simply illustrated. Ali's greatness had to do with his boxing skill, coupled with the man he grew to be, both while boxing, but well after he hung up his gloves for good. You can't separate the person's impact from their professional accomplishments.

Tiger is a golf champion, no doubt, but he is a poster child for arrested emotional development. He has done little or nothing over the last thirty months to signal to people that he is on any comeback as a man, if he was ever there to begin with. And for the record, building yourself an estimated sixty-million dollar bachelor pad (here), is a big step in the wrong direction to growing up (IMHO).

James C. Collier


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BigmacInPittsburgh said...

Speaking of Tiger,did you notice how sudden Arnold Plamer got sick and had to be rush to the hospital when it came time for him to appear in the winners circle with Tiger?

James C. Collier said...

I'm sure there is much of the old guard that is 'put out' with Tiger, including the I told you so's about him joining 'the club', in the first place.