Tiger Woods Is Three Letters Away From Repairing His Professional Life

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2010

AUGUSTA, GA.- APRIL 14:  Tiger Woods is awarded the green jacket after winning the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 14 , 2002 in Augusta, Georgia. DIGITAL IMAGE. EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Although the NY Post and tmz.com would have you believe otherwise, Tiger Woods’ personal life is frankly none of our business.

Tiger Woods’ professional life on the other hand plays out on a public stage and is the business of everyone who owns a television, a radio or a computer.  

Who knows what’s going on inside the Woods household at this very moment.

He could be patching up his marriage as we speak.

Things could be just as bad as they were four months ago.

Or Elin could sticking around because she has a two-year $50 million contract where upon Tiger has the option to pick up a third year at an additional $20 million.

The fact of the matter is that we don’t know, and we are unlikely to ever know.

Woods’ personal life is a large and very complicated web of problems that will take him a great deal of time to repair.

Needless to say, Woods’ professional life is also in shambles.

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More than 90 percent of Woods’ yearly income comes from his sponsorship and endorsement deals.  Since that fateful night last November, the Tiger gravy train has turned into a runaway ghost train.

What differs between Woods’ professional and personal life is the manner in which he can repair the damage he has done.

Personally, he has a lot of work to do on many different fronts.

Professionally, however, there is one quick fix to all of his troubles – win.

A win at Augusta would be like taking a large canvas filled with bad art and whipping at clean with the snap of a finger.

A win at Augusta would grow the legend of Tiger Woods more than any other single win in his career, including his win at the 2008 U.S. Open while playing on a broken leg.

I win at Augusta would provide the public with the type of story that’s typically reserved for Disney sports films.  Albeit, the likes of Disney might want to leave the transgressions aspect of the story out of the script, but the fact of the matter is that aside from watching athletes and celebrities fall from grace, the American public loves nothing more than a comeback story, and in most cases it doesn’t even matter what he or she is coming back from.

A win at Augusta would have corporations carrying buckets of money through Mark Steinberg’s door rather than having their movers carry them out.

A win at Augusta would secure PGA Tour sponsors and would force the likes of CBS, NBC, ABC and ESPN to anti-up big time when their current television deals are up for renewal in 2012.

A win at Augusta will make all those unrecognizable millionaires walking PGA Tour fairways take a deep breath and relax iwhile knowing that Woods has once again secured their income for at least the immediate future.

After arguably the worst four months of Tim Finchem’s professional career, a win at Augusta might make just make Finchem break down and cry tears of joy on the spot.

In terms of his personal life, Woods could win the next ten consecutive Masters and all Elin would probably be thinking is that it’s still three less than the number of known “transgressions” Woods has had during the first three years of their marriage.

In terms of his professional life, a win at Augusta would grow his legend, his bank account, the bank accounts of the PGA Tour, the bank accounts of his peers, and would go a very long way towards repairing his public image.

What do Bill Clinton, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Marv Albert, Muhammad Ali, Ray Lewis, and Michael Jordan all have in common?

They’ve all dug themselves out of embarrassing scandals through a continuation of success in their chosen professions.

Although it’s obviously much easier said than done, Woods’ could climb his way back to the top of the golf world in just three weeks time with three simple letters – W-I-N.

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