There has been some huge coverage in global media about Tiger Woods over the past month or so. But, I just ignored all of that as yet another usual saga of a philandering icon, a kind of not so unusual story.
I should share of course that I did enjoy some of Accenture’s old ads – “Go On. Be a Tiger”, “We know what it takes to be a Tiger”, etc., recently, though that corporate ad series really had not gotten my attention over the past six years that it has been running. Though, I did remember one slogan – “High Performance. Delivered” or something like that.
I was browsing NYTimes.com as usual, and spotted an Op-Ed article by Frank Rich – “Tiger Woods, Person of the Year”
Of course, these are opinion columns, so one can just ignore again. However, I read through and was not amused.
Tiger Woods remains as the Golf Icon, the best ever this world has produced. That status has since not changed, and cannot be changed so easily. Tiger’s maniacal focus, concentration and determination to win changed the game forever. His colour hardly mattered anymore in the ivy league golf courses around the world. His record remains unmatched.
All this won’t change just because he strayed away from his wife, an all-too-common phenomenon. People are crazy about Tiger, and no wonder there were women who were crazy about him as well. Yes, he committed judgmental errors and mistakes, and wrecked his blissful home life. But I firmly believe this should not wreck his golf career. If he does let that happen, he has nobody to blame except himself. In fact, if he cannot fix his home problem now, then he should forget about that and focus even more aggressively on his game and retain his position as the “king of professional golf”.
Frank Rich writes “A con like Tiger’s may be more typical of our time than a one-off domestic terrorist attack, however devastating.” He goes on to state “What’s striking instead is the exceptional, Enron-sized gap between this golfer’s public image as a paragon of businesslike discipline and focus and the maniacally reckless life we now know he led.”
What nonsense ? Where is the relationship between the things that Frank is trying to compare ? Why should there be a relationship ? Anything that Tiger did was related to golf. If the world and the media made him look like a paragon of virtue, that should not be construed as his fault. After all, he is a human with the same temptations that power, fame, and money bestow upon one. What is the difference with Tiger ?
Tiger is who he is – a regular guy from the American Citizenry at the end of the day, while also being the Golf Champion of the 21st Century. If that disturbs common people (like Frank Rich), so be it. Let us not try to be “holier than thou”. In the U.S., everyone who has something hidden gets roiled publicly once it is discovered and if he/she happens to be a celebrity. Let us respect that celebrities deserve some privacy. In what way the general public has been affected due to what Tiger did in his extracurricular time, apart from the damage he caused to his wife ?
All the best to Tiger Woods as he tries to fix his family life, and I wish he gets back on the golf course soon.
24th December 2009