Tiger...We Need To Have A Talk

E Paul LianCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2009

TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JULY 17:  Tiger Woods of USA leaves the 18th green during round two of the 138th Open Championship on the Ailsa Course, Turnberry Golf Club on July 17, 2009 in Turnberry, Scotland.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Tiger, we need to talk, I'll meet you in the kitchen in 10 minutes.

First off son, we need to establish some ground rules. You're here to be a listener. You can't respond, you can't get angry with my comments, you can't laugh. I want you to just sit there and listen; in a few days, let's get back together and then I'll give you a chance to respond.

Tiger, the game is up. Your actions at Turnberry over the weekend were embarrassing to me, Elin, Sam, Charlie and most importantly...to yourself. This can't go on any longer, you've worked too hard and been through too much; legions of golf fans around the world idolize your talent. If we can't get your anger management under control, you risk losing much of what you've accomplished. 

Never forget, fame and adulation are very fleeting...here one day, gone the next.

And another thing, your public fits of anger and foul language have got to come to an end. The millions of fans who've come to adore you are sick and tired of watching you celebrate one moment and then kick your golf bag, curse and throw your clubs the next. 

Golf fans the world over have come to respect you as a person. You haven't made a major error yet. You've achieved the ultimate package; a beautiful wife and family, financial wealth and success, you're known the world over as a fierce competitor, a champion on and off the golf course. You're not a drug addict, you're not an alcoholic, you don't chase women. 

Tiger, this is crucial. We need to develop a few alternate ways for you to blow off steam on the golf course. Many champions have struggled with these same isssues. Some have overcome this weakness, others have failed and it's ruined their careers. 

I've made a list of do's and don'ts for you, take it with you, study it, think about what I'm saying. Let's talk about it in a couple of days:

1. You and your caddie need to establish a new line of communication. Take your anger out on him, not your equipment; give him some credit; he knows more about you than you realize; he understands your competitive fire.

2. Learn a few new words that can be used in public. It's a simple solution, be creative, use your brain, not the gutter.

3. Show some self awareness; know when your're ready to blow, step back, relax, take a deep breath. Think about your daughter Sam for a minute, maybe Charlie, children have a tendency to calm a tense situation.

4. Be proud of whose you are...not who you are. All of us are placed on earth only for a brief time, don't waste moments of triumph with foolish public outbursts.

5. Buy yourself a punching bag. Take it with you to release steam AFTER your round is complete. Take your frustration out on the bag...not your equipment or the fans.

Tiger, I'm NOT giving up on you, most mature adults are very forgiving as long as they see progress. Tiger, you're a champion, you need to overcome these shortcomings.

The end result for you will be very gratifying. You'll still be a champion, and more importantly...you'll be a happier person.