It was one year ago today. Thanksgiving 2009 at around 2:30 a.m, when the most famous sports figure in the world began his fall from grace atop golfing supremacy. Amid a leaked story by the National Enquirer about a possible affair with Rachel Uchitel, Tiger Woods crashed his Escalade into a fire hydrant and tree as he fled from his Florida mansion, bare foot and reportedly high on Ambien.
I remember where I was when I found out about the crash. Sort-of like I remember where I was when the real tragedy of September 11, 2001 struck the U.S. All I was told was “Tiger Woods was in a car accident in Florida” by my mom who sent me a text while I was out playing golf the day after Thanksgiving. What would happen over the next few months was stunning. Tiger Woods, the extremely private clean-cut family man who sat atop the golf world just staring down Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors, was actually a dirty scum bag. Over the next few months, skank-after-skank came forward with alleged details of affairs with Tiger Woods, Porn stars, waitresses, neighbors daughters, nightclub hostesses all came out of the wood works looking for 15 minutes of fame.
So here we are, one year later. Tiger Woods went 0-for-everything in 2010 on the golf course. He frankly never came close to winning and 2010 was suppose to be the year he won at least three majors since they were at places he had dominated before, Augusta, Pebble Beach, and St. Andrews. He signed divorce papers with Elin and reportedly owes her over $100 million dollars. He left his swing coach Hank Haney and is now working with another upcoming instructor in Sean Foley. There are some positives though. He has shown some signs of brilliance on the golf course here-and-there and he has reportedly moved into a new $50 million mansion in Palm Beach complete with a mini backyard golf course. He tried to get out in front of this one year anniversary last week with a Newsweek article, a appearance on ESPN Radio, and a new Twitter fascination.
So what’s next for Tiger Woods? My only hope is winning. That’s all I care about. He got busted and he admitted his infidelities. He got divorced and is trying to rebuild his image. But as much as he tries to be more “fan friendly”, he should really stop that. That is not Tiger Woods. Everyone will forget about your skank-apades when you win.