White Liar: Is This The End of Tiger Woods' Chance to Catch Nicklaus?

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IDecember 12, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11:  A TAG Heuer watch billboard with an image of golf legend Tiger Woods is shown  on December 11, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Woods announced that he will take an indefinite break from professional golf to concentrate on repairing family relations after admitting to infidelity in his marriage. Woods has a TAG Heuer professional golf watch model named for him.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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I could not resist the ironic pun of, "White liar," especially after I recently heard the Mianda Lambert song, "White Liar," which seems to encapsulate the Tiger Woods saga perfectly.

Nevertheless, I won't bore you with details about my knowledge of country music, and pose the question: Is this the beginning of the end to Tiger Woods' chance to surpass Jack Nicklaus for total number of titles in majors?

At 34, Tiger is "advancing" in age. What will be the duration of Tiger's indefinite leave?  Something such as this scandal could last for several years, when you consider that every mistress of Tiger's is trying to cash-in.  I can only imagine that, every time a mistress gets media exposure, that it will be like slapping a sunburn on Tiger's family.

Between the ages of 35 and 46, Nicklaus won six majors. 

Tiger Woods needs to win five majors in order to pass Nicklaus.  But a long leave by Tiger could mean that he'll fall behind the top competition, while Tigers age will also catch up to him, especially after taking time off from physical conditioning. 

Frankly, I think that if Tiger is truly interested in passing Nicklaus that he should not have announced this indefinite leave, because it may as well be an unofficial retirement.

At the same time, I commend Tiger's decision to step back and want to repair the damage, but I think he's trying to have it both ways: Repair the damage and potentially return to golf, when the damage he's done could take years.  Announcing that his leave is indefinite says to me that his mind won't be entirely focused on his family and that golf will linger in the back of his mind.

That is just my opinion.  I've been through tough drama and have become better from it.  I do know however that if you want to repair your image and relations with others, you can't commit to self-improvement and the requirements of a career.

If this situation with Tiger has shown us anything, it is that like Bill Clinton, even great athletes and presidents are ultimately human and must deal with situations that many people deal with.

Personally, I think Tiger should have given a more definite answer in regards to his career: Either a.) announce he'll return in 2010, or b.) retirement, because Tiger can't expect to repair the damage he's done in a short-period, no matter how good he is at golf. 

And when you think about it, arrogance bred from his golfing prowess is what has got him trouble to begin with.