Tiger Woods was close with his father, Earl Woods Sr., when he was alive. His father was the driving force behind Tiger’s golf career. He was a family man and from all accounts, he believed his son Tiger was too.
Earl Woods Jr recently spoke to a radio station about his half brother, Tiger. Earl Jr. said that their father would be “extremely disappointed” in Tiger’s choices in life, according to People Magazine.
One of the things that his father would have been very disappointed in is the way Tiger broke up his marriage with Elin. Elin was family to Tiger’s father, the two got along famously, says Earl Jr.
Tiger lived a very strict and sheltered life under the wing of his father and most of his teenage years were spent on nothing else but his golf game. He really never had the time to go through the rites of passages that regular kids go through, according to Golf Digest.
It would stand to reason that when his father died, who was a strict disciplinary still in Tiger’s adult years, that he explored and did things he couldn’t as a teen. His cheating may have been part of this, a type of “sowing his wild oats” that he never got a chance to do as a kid.
Earl Woods Sr. cheated on Tiger’s mother and Tiger was aware of this, it also broke his heart. A girlfriend of Tiger’s from his younger years reports that Tiger would cry over his father’s infidelity, according to Golf Digest.
“Tiger’s relationship with his father was complicated” and the love Tiger had for his father was also driven by a little bit of fear of disappointing the man. It stands to reason, once again, that after Earl Sr. passed away it was safe for Tiger to do the things that he wouldn’t do with his father alive.
Tiger’s father had almost complete control over Tiger and Tiger may not have married Elin if his father did not like her or was against the marriage. This is how much Earl Sr. controlled Tiger’s life.
The fact that Tiger followed in his father’s infidelity might have given Tiger a way to justify his actions. If his father could do it, so could he, after all his father was always right.
It may have very well been Earl Sr.’s insistence of Tiger living, eating, and breathing golf that got Tiger to the place where he was considered the most phenomenal player the world has ever seen, but other things apparently suffered because of this.
Tiger gave up his childhood for golf , the game his father wanted him to play. He may have just tried to reclaim his lost years by doing the immature behaviors he missed out on after his father’s death, but unfortunately he hurt his wife and children while doing so.
People Magazine; “Tiger Woods’ Brother Saya Dad Would be Disappointed”
Golf Digest; Digital Staff; “His Father’s Son: New Book Examines the Earl/Tiger Dynamic”