Tiger Woods is nearing the end of a season that will certainly go down as one of his worst ever. Woods once again went out with a whimper at the Frys.com Open on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 30th place and pocketing $30,375 – a sum that will probably barely cover the expenses involved in taking his private jet from Florida to California. A Northern California fan in his 30s added a bit of awkwardness and absurdity to an overall disappointing round when he stormed onto a green and threw a hot dog at Woods while he lined up one of his signature golf balls for a birdie putt on the 7th hole.
Although Woods still generates buzz and ticket sales and was followed by a huge mob of fans all week, his latest less-than-impressive showing in a late-season tournament that was skipped by many of the top ranked players on tour has left many in the golf world wondering if his dominance is indeed a thing of the past. Here’s a look at what Tiger needs to do to get his career back on track in the coming years.
Woods got to the top by way of consistent and tireless practicing, something he may not have had much time to do in recent years given the fallout of his infidelity scandals and a slew of nagging injuries. It is safe to assume that the number of new balls that Woods has on hand at his Florida home is absolutely staggering. Recreational golfers can also benefit greatly from used balls, which make practicing easy and efficient.
Back to “Assassin Mode”
Woods obviously has a team of public relations experts and publicists that have instructed him to act a certain way in order to quickly repair his public image and increase his marketability. Since he reemerged from injury and personal scandal, he has been very passive and jovial, as was seen in the wake of the hot dog incident. “Some guy just came running on the green, and he had a hot dog,” Woods said, laughing slightly. “I don’t know how he tried to throw it, but I was kind of focusing on my putt. I wanted to bury that putt.”
While this lighthearted approach has worked well to get the press back on his side, the key to Woods being successful seems to involve a cold-blooded murder’s mentality, which he employed on tour from the time he arrived until about the time that his ex-wife allegedly freed him from a wrecked car by smashing the back window out with one of his long irons. In order for the wins to come, Woods needs to recapture his old attitude and swagger.
Get Back In the Public Eye
Despite the ups and downs of the past few years, Woods is and always has been a generous man that is making a positive impact on the world. He launched the Tiger Woods Learning Center in 2006, and the popular Southern California locale was expanded upon in 2010. The center is designed to make kids that will be going to college in short time aware of the incredible benefits of getting a quality education. It is understandable that Woods has been reluctant to pound his chest about his philanthropy work in recent years, but making the public associate him with something other than porn stars and truck stop waitresses can only be a good thing for his overall mentality and his golf game.