Tiger busted and now it's his business, not ours
One of these years, Elin Nordegren might end up as the No. 2 money winner on the PGA Tour.
The unsurprising news that Tiger Woods has, indeed, been caught with his pants very publicly down, ratted out by a cocktail waitress who is creating this ultra-modern brand of reality TV, at least changes the questions now.
For instance, Where were you going at 2:25 a.m.?
What does it matter now? He was busted by his wife, who may or may not have taken a piece out of him before he cracked up his car. That’s now the least of his worries.
Unless there’s a divorce in the future – and sometimes there is and sometimes there isn’t – this story, which began with that breathless (and flat wrong) bulletin last week that he had been “seriously’’ hurt in a car wreck, has pretty much run out now.
Woods made an apology on his website, he has suffered the shame and humiliation of being found out twice, once by his wife and, officially, by the rest of us. Whatever he has suffered as fodder for the 24/7 news cycle surely pales in comparison to what his wife has gone through and will continue to go through.
No one will ever look at the two of them the same way again. Woods now goes back to being the best golfer in the world, one with the same failings as millions of others: He thought too much with the little head.
Finally, though, he is doing something right and that had to happen eventually. He said what he had to say, forced into it by tape-recorded revelations from his lady friend, and if he is smart, he will say no more about it. He owes his fans golf and no more and his sponsors, with no charges laid other than a traffic ticket, are free to determine whether they wish to hang in with him. (Here’s guessing most do.)
The rest of it is personal, how he makes it up to his wife and his family, or if he can. And if he can’t, well, depending on the pre-nup agreement, think of that first paragraph.
And once again the rest of us need to remind ourselves that the best athletes aren’t necessarily the best people, that the two characteristics can, and often do, run on very different tracks. Once upon a time, the first part was all we concerned ourselves with; athlete infidelity was never a news subject. If it were, there wouldn’t have been enough newsprint.
Now, it comes up more than occasionally, if the subject is “big’’ enough, like a U.S. President, or Alex Rodriguez, or now Woods. At some point, “their’’ business became everybody’s business and reputations were flushed forever.