Open Letter to Tiger Woods

Bruce SarteCorrespondent IApril 9, 2010

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09:  Tiger Woods waits on the 17th green during the second round of the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2010 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Dear Tiger:

  I thought it fitting to write you a letter and express how I felt…and how the world’s golf fans see you now.  You, and by extension we, have been through so much since the ill-fated late-night rendezvous your Escalade had with an unassuming tree.

  I can only imagine what it must have been like for you to be outed to the public in such a sudden and violent way.  I mean, I might be able to imagine it if I were a millionaire many times over with a harem of porn stars and hotties at my beck and call…but I’m not. That isn’t what this letter is about.

  This letter is to try and help you understand what your actions and lifestyle have done to us, your fans.  We are those people who watched you tee off for the first time since the whole scandal broke. 

We are those people who marvel at your prowess on the course.  We are those people who watch golf not only because you play, but because of how you play. 

We are those people who have the wherewithal and inclination to actually patronize your sponsors: not just shoot our mouths off about whether or not they dropped you.

  So Tiger, what we want to tell you more than anything else is this: we don’t care.  Should you have cheated on Elin?  Absolutely not, but it is not the least of my business or concern. 

I’m sad for your wife and children to have to deal with it, but when you stood ready to tee off at the Masters on television Elin and your children were probably the furthest thing from my mind. 

The only thing that we, as your fans, care about is how well you play golf. 

We, as your fans, are smart enough to know that not everything that was said about you was true and not everything you said was true. 

We understand that the word “journalist” is at best a loosely used term these days.  It’s all about how many people are willing to watch the news or read that website, isn’t it?

  So to sum up: Electronic Arts, Nike, Gatorade, Buick and whomever else is or was a sponsor of Tiger Woods...his public image is not nearly as important to us as how well he plays golf. 

Ditto to your agent Tiger, tell him we are behind you anyway!  And finally, to you Tiger we say this:  Win the Master’s and shut everyone up once and for all!



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