Tiger Woods Should Follow Michael Jordan's Lead and Take Some Time off

David Lynn@davidvlynnCorrespondent IMay 12, 2011

UNITED STATES - MAY 02:  Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods during the Pro-Am prior to the 2007 Wachovia Championship held at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 2, 2007.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Let me start by saying that I realize their situations are a little different, but there is enough similarity that I think it would prove beneficial to Tiger.

First, lets take a look at Jordan's career; or at least parts of it.

Unlike Tiger, it took Jordan a few years to become a true superstar and dominate his sport but, at the end of the 1993 season, he capped a seven-year run that included seven scoring titles and three championships.  He was also the first player to win three consecutive Finals MVPs.

On October 6, 1993, Jordan announced his retirement, saying that he just didn't have the desire to play anymore.  He would also later admit that the murder of his father played a role in his decision, which is totally understandable.

Jordan then made a short stint citing his father's dream of his son playing baseball as his reasoning.

On March 18, 1995 Jordan returned to the NBA with two words, "I'm back."

He finished out that season with the Bulls by losing to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference semifinals.  That would prove to provide the motivation for one of the greatest seasons in NBA history.

The Bulls started the '95-'96 season 41-3 and finished at 72-10 for the best record in NBA history.  In the playoffs, they lost only three games in four series on their way to the NBA Championship.

Jordan led the league in scoring and won the All-Star game, regular season, and Finals MVP awards, only the second player ever to do so.  His fourth Finals MVP also surpassed Magic Johnson's three, for the most all time.

This was also an extra emotional win for Jordan as he clinched his first championship since his father's death on Father's Day, leading to the memorable image of Jordan clutching the game ball on the floor in tears.

There is little that needs to be mentioned about Tiger other than a few major points.

He burst onto the sports scene at The Masters in 1997 by dominating the field and setting the stage for one of the greatest sports runs in history.  At The Masters alone, he set 20 Masters' records and tied six others.

He went on to win 71 events and 14 majors, earning himself almost $100 million just from his winnings, not including his endorsements.

Then his world seemingly fell apart due to his infidelity which ultimately led to his divorce and the lengthening of his winless streak. 

So what could Tiger learn from his friend Michael Jordan?

Take a break.

Tiger needs to get away.  He needs to rest his body and just relax for like a year or two.  Call it a retirement if you want so people will mostly leave you alone about when you will come back, but get away from the game.

Don't show up at tournaments or even talk about golf.  I wouldn't necessarily go play baseball, but if you really want to, go for it. 

Golf, more than maybe any other game, is mental and Tiger's mind is obviously not in order.  How could it be?  He's going through a divorce and the whole world found out that he isn't as pristine as previously thought to be.

This isn't about making other people forget, this is about Tiger figuring out his life so he can get back to doing what he does best:

Dominating the golf course!

I loved watching Tiger play as much as anyone, and I would love to see him rise back to prominence.  I lost a lot of respect for him as a person but, professionally, he is the only golfer I have ever actually enjoyed watching because he was simply electric.

I know I am not the only one who feels this way.  People are delusional if they think golf is better off because of the parity that has arisen with the fall of Tiger. 

Tiger brought golf to the masses and it will slowly fade back into relative obscurity without him.

So Tiger, take a break, go on vacation, spend some real quality time with your kids.  Don't worry about playing golf or making anyone happy except for you and your kids. 

Then when you feel that itch to compete like you used to have, pick up the clubs again and come back.  We will be anxiously waiting with open arms.


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