2010: Year of the Tiger
According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year 2010 is the Year of the Tiger.
Whether or not 2010 is the year of the Tiger on the PGA TOUR is to be determined.
Due to a personal issue, Tiger announced on December 11th that he is taking an "indefinite" break from professional golf.
Unlike last year at this time, when he was recovering from major knee surgery and provided periodic updates on his progress, Tiger has been quiet and hidden from the public eye since his Thanksgiving car accident.
In the big picture Tiger may or may not come back to play professional golf.
"Indefinite" means not definite and could mean never.
Quite frankly I recall first hearing about Tiger Woods and wondering about a youngster with a Green Beret father that played tricks on him to develop his mental toughness.
I am sure they were not like the tricks my father played on me and my brothers jingling coins in his pocket when we were putting with a chance to win a skin from him and Uncle Leonard.
These were war time maneuvers to make a peaceful kid develop special concentration skills to rise above prejudices and become the best player he could become and the world has ever seen.
On the golf course, thirteen full seasons and 71 championships including 14 Majors later the father's wisdom has proven effective beyond a doubt.
But life isn't played on a golf course or even in the corporate world.
At most funerals no one's resume is read or professional accomplishments highlighted.
Tiger Woods' life outside of his golf related interests and his wife Elin and children Sam Alexis and Charlie Axel now appears not even worthy of a mention in the bulletin for his 20th high school reunion.
He may elect to give up the game and business completely and focus on what is important in life.
Wouldn't you, if Elin were willing to give you a second chance in life outside of golf?
She was there in better times why not stay through worse times when Tiger really needs her?
If he decides to come back it is unknown whether competitively he will be worse, the same or better than before.
My guess is that if he does his due diligence and works through this issue, whatever the marital outcome, he will be more focused, relaxed and better than ever before.
I think the answer to the first question will become known at the Masters which is three months away.
If he misses that and a scarce opportunity to compete in a Major I would say his playing days are over.
Remember for Tiger and golf it is all about beating Jack's record of 18 Majors.
Compete in the 2010 Masters or sooner and Tiger will be Tiger Plus with a destiny to become the greatest golfer, not player of all time.
I hope he does both—resolve his marital problem and come back to golf as soon as possible.
Officially the Chinese Year of the Tiger does not commence until February 14th .
We all know that date as Valentine's Day—a day for lovers to express their love for each other in many different ways.
Maybe the stars and the moon are aligned for Tiger Woods and his wife Elin to make 2010 the Year of Love.
Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for NBC Sports, CBS Sports, and The Golf Channel.
He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.
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