Tiger Woods Car Crash and Scandal: Can Tiger Rebound on the Course in 2011?

Shane PattonCorrespondent INovember 24, 2010

With the anniversary of Tiger Woods' November 2009 car crash fast approaching, it gives us the opportunity to reflect on Tiger's fall from grace and lets us speculate as to whether he can redeem himself on the golf course in 2011.

By now everyone with access to television, Internet or radio has heard of Tiger's infamous overnight car crash outside his Florida home.

Since it's been a year, here's a quick overview. It was 2:25 a.m Friday, when Tiger backed out of his driveway, drove off and plowed into a fire hydrant and a neighbor's tree in his gated Florida community.

Woods was found lying in the street with his wife (Elin Nordegren) hovering over him when authorities arrived at the scene. Nordegren told the officers she was in the house when she heard the accident and "broke the back window with a golf club."

"She supposedly got him out and laid him on the ground," an officer said, "he was in and out of consciousness when my guys got there," according to Windermere, Florida Police Chief Daniel Saylor.

Saylor went on to say that Tiger had lacerations to his upper and lower lips, and blood in his mouth, which his officers treated prior to the ambulance arriving.

After much speculation and further digging by the media, Tiger Woods finally admitted to having numerous affairs, which eventually led to his divorce from Elin.

As far as Tiger's performance at his day job, he failed to win a tournament for the first time in his professional career.

Tiger played a total of 12 events, finishing in the top 2 twice and finishing in the top 25 seven times. Tiger's 2010 tour earnings totaled $1,294,765, which was far below the $10,508,163 he made in 2009.

Tiger did start to play better as his swing slowly came back to him, although he continued to struggle with consistency and putting accuracy.

Will Tiger be able to rebound in 2011? I believe he can. He appears to be getting some order to his life.

His divorce is final, and he reportedly spends numerous hours with his children, which will hopefully give him a more grounded perspective. 

Tiger also seems to be relieved at having his secrets out in the open, not that he wanted to get caught, but to finally be done with all the deceit and erratic behavior appears to have lifted a huge burden off Tiger's mind.

If Tiger rededicates himself to being the best golfer in the world, I believe he can once again climb the ranks and reclaim his No. 1 ranking.

Let's not forget, he didn't suffer an injury that would prevent him from regaining his dominate form. Tiger's is a mental game now and he was always very good at winning the mental challenge.