Here’s a hypothetical mind bender for you. If you were Tiger Woods what would your New Year’s resolutions be? Knowing the personal and pubic torment you brought upon yourself, how would you proceed in 2012? Is a fresh start even possible?
Based on his December victory at the Chevron held at Sherwood CC in nearby Thousand Oaks, Tiger appears ready to pick up where he left off two years ago. Professionally, that is. Certainly not personally! However, many questions remain, not least of which is ‘is Tiger ready to resume his spot as the world’s best-ever golfer’? Verdicts are mixed.
Dr. Howard Hirsch of Calabasas, CA, took an obvious approach by saying, “I wouldn’t change my swing if I was him. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. He was doing fine until his personal life exploded.”
In that regard, former PGA touring pro Brandle Chamblee said on the Golf Channel, “I saw Tiger win the U.S. Open on a broken leg, but he hasn’t won anything with a broken mind.” Ah, yes, the distractions Tiger created for himself have dethroned one of golf’s all-time best players. But for how long?
Bob Brown of Westlake Village, CA, addressed that question. “I was so darned mad at Tiger for what he did,” said Brown. “But I’m ready to see him play well again if he can keep his life clean and get back to the work of winning golf tournaments. He’s a great, great player and will be again if he gets the last two years of distractions behind him. If I was Tiger that’s what I’d resolve to do.”
Pastor Bob Johnson of Oakhurst, CA, chimed in with a bit of philosophical advice. “I would encourage him to come to grips with two questions I often as people I counsel. The first would be ‘how good is good enough?’, and the second is ‘how much is enough?” To a man who once had a wonderful life and future, and a wonderful wife and family, he should resolve to answer those two questions with integrity.”
No matter who we polled, golf fans in Ventura County seem ready to forgive Tiger his transgressions. They want him to return to previous form. But have the last two years taken their toll? Has he paid too high a price? Is he physically and mentally healthy enough to become the world’s number one golfer again? The new year will somewhat answer ‘those’ questions. Or, not!