I found the following article about Tiger Woods on the New York Daily News website and realized that here we have a successful athlete (although, some folks don’t consider professional golf a “real” sport) at possibly the lowest point, athletically, in his career. In team sports, most players performing like Tiger would get benched, or even cut from the team.
Tiger Woods hit rock bottom at Firestone Country Club today with a final round 77 to finish 18-over par on a golf course he has dominated with seven career wins.
According to the PGA Tour, Woods’ 18-over-par sets a new mark for his highest 72-hole score in relation to par.. Woods had twice previously finished with a score of 10-over-par through 54 holes. His total of 298 is also his highest score through four rounds of his PGA Tour career.
Since turning pro, Woods’ previous worst finish as a professional in an event in which he played four rounds was a T60 at the first event in which he played as a pro, the 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open.
“It has been a long year,” Woods said, choking up as he spoke to reporters.
Woods was set to finish near the bottom of the 80-man field, shooting over par in every round of an event for the first time since 2003.
“No, it doesn’t surprise me at all actually,” the 14-times major champion said before hinting at the impact of his unravelling marriage to his Swedish wife Elin. “It’s been a long year.”
Woods also said that while he right now did not deserve to be picked for the American team for October’s Ryder Cup showdown against Europe, there was plenty of time to turn his game around before the matches.
“I wouldn’t help the team if I’m playing like this,” Woods said. “I think I can turn it around, but we’ve got a lot of time between now and then, which is good”
Tiger sounds really frustrated, but he does not sound like a quitter. That is the point, you don’t quit, no matter how bad things get. You examine your mistakes, make adjustments and you move on.
Thanks for your attention.