Tiger’s….In The Rough
Written by Urban Mogul Life on August 26, 2010
If you’ve ever golfed before, you know that “in the rough” refers to a golf shot that lands in a less than desirable location. If you’ve never golfed before, even you can see that the situation Tiger, the greatest golfer in the world, finds himself in today, is less than desirable. But let’s look at this from One Mogul’s standpoint, because, well…..my opinion’s as valid as anybody else’s 🙂
I have never been one to idolize athletes. As an avid sports fan, professional amateur (part-time) athlete, and certified armchair expert on everything, I can tell you that Tiger Woods is not only what Kobe is to basketball, but more. You see, in basketball, there are other markets, other teams, other superstars, all of whom share a portion of the spotlight with Kobe. There are others to which Kobe can be compared, and even debated upon as to whether or not he is the greatest in the game. Not Tiger. When you talk about the elite in golf, there’s no one playing the game that can come close in comparison. There’s no other golfer that more people in the world would want to watch. No golfer has the same effect on the competition, the economics, the popularity, or the overall appeal of the sport of golf. To put it in Lay-Mogul’s terms, if Tiger takes off his golf-drawers…..there is no one….who can fill them.
The latest spot Tiger finds himself in, is not one that can be corrected with a single, brilliant swing of the golf club….or is it? I ask this question because the only way I’ve ever evaluated Tiger is on his golfing ability. I don’t know him as a man. I don’t even know if I want to. I do know that to achieve what he has, Tiger must have a tremendous ability to focus on the task at hand, and tune out what’s going on around him. I know that he has overcome mental and physical challenges to be successful, and therefore must be physically and mentally resilient. In order for Tiger Woods to be the “Tiger”, I know that he must possess a great deal of confidence, and be resigned to the fact that he is, indeed,a great golfer. Thanks to the constant media coverage, incessant prying, and the public’s thirst for all things private, we also know that he is considered the richest athlete….ever.
All of these things tell me that Tiger has everything he needs to get through this. It also tells me that he has everything he needs to attract just about any woman…in the world. An ability that some men have prayed for, other men would pay for, and most men, would exploit. In a country where we do everything short of selling liquid lust at children’s candy counters, I find it difficult to pass judgment on Tiger at all. Sure, I can sympathize with the fact that his wife may feel a greater sense of outrage and embarrassment because her private issues are now public, but let’s face it, it comes with the territory. It’s not the end of the world, and her life is, and will still, be full of other positives. As a matter of fact, I wish nothing but the best for her, and Tiger….together.
Tiger Woods is human. I watch and follow Tiger, not because I need him to be something other than human, but because he demonstrates the triumph of those things most human; by simply playing a sport he loves, to the best of his ability. He reminds us of the joy that comes from fulfilling dreams, overcoming obstacles, and conquering one’s self. He reminds us that being great, if only at one thing, is something to celebrate and be proud of. He unselfishly takes us on the journey of his lifetime, so that we can experience what we otherwise may not. To do this, I don’t need to know how much money he makes, who he sleeps with, or what other very human mistakes he may make. In fact, I just need him to play another round of golf.