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Tiger Woods' Detractors Emerge

Robert NeedlesContributor IMarch 23, 2010

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Tiger Woods makes a statement from the Sunset Room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour on February 19, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods publicly admitted to cheating on his wife Elin Nordegren but maintained that the issues remain 'a matter between a husband and a wife.'  (Photo by Lori Moffett-Pool/Getty Images)
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Stalwart : one who exemplifies behavior considered stout, strong, brave, and valiant.

Pre-eminence : state or character of illustrious, distinction, domination, valor, and significance.

It often transpires in every sport at one time or another, a talent so unique, so incapable of the inherent wisdom of his or her years succumbs to the passions, temptations, and desires of living the anointed lifestyle.

These descriptive adjectives above have often been linked to the character, skills, abilities, and dominating performances of one Tiger Woods on the golf course.

Woods has the innate and learned ability to dominate, destroy, and live the Spartan lifestyle normally associated with warriors training for conflict, with one caveat, devoid of ascertaining frugality or avoidance of luxury.

Built for survival, built to weaken lesser opponents, and seemingly emotionally gifted by his ability to monitor his own self-awareness and impulse control, shockingly, almost inexplicably, and perplexingly, his once clear goals have become misaligned with his spurious behavior.

Suddenly, his moral compass has begun to spin out of control like an overloaded electric meter on Christmas night. The accolades, the ability to enamor, to create a higher sense of purpose for the live spectators and engrossed television viewers, have slowly eroded into the sea of malcontent.

Detractor : to take away from, as from quality, value or reputation, to speak ill of, and reduce in value or importance.

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Now, the detractors have surfaced like a pimple on prom night.

Watson with his vitriolic comments on Tiger’s flawed moral principles and his lack of discipline for the game he so intrinsically embraces.

Parnevik, who introduced the couple, saying he is disappointed in Tiger’s recent behavioral meltdown and ill-advised actions.

Explicit silent whispers emerge from old strategic alliances, a public shaken by the scandal of infidelities recoils, and the previously written scripts of innocent behavior, charming gestures, and impeccable character, suddenly need to be exonerated and rewritten.

Quite a polarizing game of conspicuous consumption and excess from someone who seemed to be so altruistic. 

Does it bear prudence that some people derive pleasure at the thought of someone else’s suffering or misfortune, especially when it is self-inflicted?

Does society grasp the opportunity to employ the “kick a man while he is down” ethos and relish the inherent power of it?

Do you think some of the current PGA rank and file members have actually, maybe just a little bit, enjoyed Tiger’s fall from grace?  

Antiquated veterans feeling slighted by the constant media blitz around Tiger? Thinking to themselves, there are other gifted players on this tour who do not get the publicity and recognition they deserve.

Will the club throwing, swearing, and child-like antics still be condoned, or will the playing field start to level out for everyone, with no more preferential status to the prized thoroughbred?

An environment where everyone is culpable for their own actions and questionable behavior as a card-carrying member of the Professional Golfers Association will be dealt with equitably?

Doesn’t the game lose some credibility with the fans and players if this type of foundation is not laid?

Take a small sample size of current players underneath the umbrella of anonymity, and the data analysis might support some fractured misconceptions about fair and equitable treatment on the tour. Fate, once an all-encompassing ally for Tiger, has suddenly deteriorated into a vacuum for this pro.

In life, every man has to bear the brunt of his immoral actions, albeit from a trusted friend, the person who you scorned, condescending neighbor, social pundit or a close ally at work.

Cynical advice will be offered, both positive and negative reinforcement will be fervently forthcoming, and for Tiger closure should come before the Cubs win the World Series. The continuous rationale and analysis of Tiger’s infidelities will be infinite, it will never cease, it would be like trying to stop yourself running downhill on a rain-soaked pavement with penny loafers on, it will not yield a successful result.

The number one player has dropped his golden chalice, had ample time to read a plethora of condescending remarks from his peers, writers, and the public, and through his illicit behavior he has cultivated an environment of mistrust.

It has been said that once you lose a customer to your competition because of neglecting the wants of that particular consumer, it is doubly hard to get that individual back. I wonder what the time frame for forgiveness and acceptance will be from the public? How long before the consumer embraces the Tiger Wood’s product offering again?

For some, skepticism will reign, and old wounds will not heal swiftly. For others, they will relish at Tiger’s virtuoso and cunning ability on the golf course. Certain sectors of society will have apathy for Tiger, while others empathy.

Through his tenacious work out regime, strict code of commitment to the game, and his laborious efforts to be the dominant thoroughbred once again in the game, it just might be an auspicious summer for a Tiger.

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