To the dismay of an entire fan base revolved around one of the most popular athletes the world has ever seen, Tiger Woods is no longer the talent he had been for so long.
After his fall from grace during that November night two and a half years ago, Woods supporters have constantly been making excuses for his horrible play.
Oh, he just has a lot on his plate, they say. He's still trying to get his life back together and it's distracting him from his game.
People have been clinging to this awful excuse since the end of 2009, and although Woods has played the worst golf of his illustrious career, including multiple rounds in the mid-70s and even missing cuts, his supporters still seem to think that the resurrection of Woods' once untouchable game will return.
News flash: it won't.
Woods has been plagued with injuries for the last five years, which has hampered his game before the world found out about his personal life spiraling out of control all over national television. Since then, he's won one tournament. Let me take a moment to emphasize that a little more.
In 2011, six different rookies won on tour. Guys named Webb Simpson and Harrison Frazar each won a tournament.
Since his accident, Woods has withdrawn from three tournaments and missed the cut three times. He is past his prime and everyone knows it, yet people refuse to accept this.
His unbelievable scores and unmistakable discipline that defined his game from 1996 until that horrible autumn night in 2009 are no longer a weapon in Woods' bag.
The people want so desperately to believe that he will break Jack Nicklaus' majors record and dominate the field like he used to do on a regular basis.
Now, his red Nike polo that defined "Sunday Tiger" is about as relevant as Ron Paul's presidential campaign.
Woods' harsh fall from grace is his own doing. His inability to remain faithful to his wife and kids set up his own demise and the entire world watched it unfold on their TV screens.
It's what happens when you are constantly in the eye of the public. The Beatles' breakup was a very ugly one, and they shared a very similar fate to Woods. Their downfall was witnessed by the entire world and each of their lives was magnified by the strongest telescope for the sake of keeping the public entertained.
John Lennon once said, "Nobody controls me. I'm uncontrollable. The only one who can control me is me, and that's just barely possible."
Woods needs to take a long, long break from golf and try his best to control himself. He needs to get back to the basics that made him such a feared competitor for so many years and remember how to be the player that so many people fell in love with.
The days when he was the No. 1 golfer in the world are long gone.
He wouldn't have even made the Ryder Cup team if it wasn't for Fred Couples taking him as an honorary captain's pick. Every week people always have him as a favorite to win a tournament and every week it's the same result.
For the love of Arnold Palmer, people need to accept the fact that he is a different golfer and a different man. The first step to any successful recovery is admitting you have a problem.
That problem is painfully believing that Woods will dominate the tour any time soon.
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