The PGA Championship was over, and Tiger Woods finished a distant nine strokes off the pace, tied for 28th. The PGA was the fourth and final major tournament, in 2010, and Woods didn’t win any of them. In fact, he hasn’t won a major in the past two years, according to the article, “Tiger Woods’ 2010: The Lost Year.”
A Year of Penitence
In November 2009, Woods wrecked his Escalade, and along with it his life. His marriage jeopardized, his secret life public, the image of himself he had cultivated was in shreds and, as he was to find out; so, was his golf game.
Including the 2010 PGA, he ended the golf year shooting 11 straight rounds of not breaking 70. In the majors, he finished Augusta and Pebble Beach tied for fourth, he tied for 23rd at St. Andrews and 28th at Whistling Straight. On the golf course, he looked lost and confused, and the look of fire and determination was no longer in his eyes. Instead of displaying an air of invincibility, he looked defeated.
When his plan “A” collapsed, he evidently had no plan “B.” Woods no longer knows who he is.
The Golf Course
A golf course has been Woods’ life since he was about two years old, and I believe that’s where he needs to look for himself, because that’s where he was lost. He lost himself somewhere on a golf course, because of what he created, and believed. The air of invincibility, the power, the riches and arrogance he believed were real, right until the moment a fire hydrant presented reality to him.
He now has no place to go, but back to a golf course, but he needs to go back to when a golf course was big and threatening, back to when it was imposing. When Woods’ conquered the golf course, in his mind he conquered life. He believed the golf course and his life were synonymous, and he controlled both. However, he found out they’re bigger than he is. He’s been humbled, but does he know it.
After the PGA, he said, “I thought I could do it. I just have to put it together for four days, and I never did that.” No, Tiger, you didn’t, and you probably won’t until you admit you were wrong. Of all the public things you’ve said and done since the fire hydrant escapade, none of them seemed to show contriteness. Even the appearance on ESPN appeared to be a show. You said what people wanted to hear, but it wasn’t from your heart.
Life is like a golf course, you don’t try to overwhelm it all at once just one shot at a time. When you have problems with a segment of your golf game, you correct it, and move on. However, at the same time you admit the course is bigger than you are. So, it is with life. When you realize and admit life is bigger than you are, and it demands respect, then it, along with the golf course may allow you to find yourself.
ESPN: Tiger Woods’ 2010: ‘The Lost Year’: espn.com