Tiger Woods: Hot Dog Incident Will Help Golfing Great Get Swagger Back

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2011

SAN MARTIN, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Tiger Woods makes a tee shot on the 10th hole during the final round of the Frys.com Open at the CordeValle Golf Club on October 9, 2011 in San Martin, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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After months of errant drives, missed putts and countless hours on the practice range, who would have thought a hot dog would be what gets Tiger Woods back on track. After Sunday's crazy incident at CordeValle Golf Club, though, that might just be the case.

First, a quick play-by-play of the proceedings (via Associated Press).

A strange year for Tiger Woods took another bizarre twist Sunday when a fan was arrested for running toward the seventh green at CordeValle and tossing a hot dog in Woods’ direction.

The bun barely reached the green. The hot dog landed on the putting surface.

The 31-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, dropped to the ground to be arrested as Santa Clara sheriff’s deputies converged on him. Woods backed off his birdie putt, then quickly resumed play.

As crazy as it sounds, that might have been exactly what Woods needed. In his post-round press conference, it gave him a chance to smile and joke with the mob of reporters instead of being his usual overly-structured self.

Tiger needs to start having fun again in order to get back on in the win column. He's become a robot on the course. A malfunctioning robot perhaps, but a robot nevertheless. The wide grin that became a part of seemingly every Sunday afternoon at majors is gone, replaced by a stoic look into the distance.

Golf is a game that can be summed up by the phrase, “think long, think wrong.” And since his story of infidelity erupted, Woods has done nothing but over think every move he's made.

And until he can figure out a way to change that bad habit, his golf game will continue to suffer. Trying to perfect a new golf swing when you can't even make five-foot putts on a consistent basis just isn't going to work. It's a recipe for disaster.

That said, despite his on-course failures and personal woes, there was still a legion of fans cheering him on for 72 holes at the little known Frys.com Open. Every week, those supporters hope Woods can finally turn it around. They are begging for him to make their jaws drop again.

Who knows, maybe a flying hot dog will allow that to happen.

The situation gives Woods a chance to step back and stop taking everything so seriously. After all, if some dude was willing to show off possibly the worst arm ever witnessed in public just to throw a hot dog at him, Tiger must have done something right in the past.

He certainly didn't do it because he thought he could screw up Woods' game. Tiger has done that all by himself.


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