Since revelations of a sordid double life surfaced Tiger Woods has fallen on hard times. Once regarded as the best golfer the game has ever known, his life is in tatters. His estranged wife took the kids, and a freight car full of Woods’ cash.
And he’s off his golf game. By about seven miles.
Since word of his philandering made it into the media, Woods’ golf game has suffered what may be irreparable damage. He has not won a tournament. He was cut after a lousy first round in one tournament, and he’s yet to make any significant money cuts. Now his once consistent strokes of genius on the links have become sporadic. They lack the drama and excitement his game once generated. He still draws crowds, but only for his name, not for his game.
Golf fans, golf promoters, sportswriters, and sports show talking heads continue coddling the four-time Masters champion and his narcissistic, “I’m invincible” spree of adultery and clandestine womanizing saying things like, “He’s been through some rough times,” and “This has been a tragic ordeal for Tiger” and “We hope he can turn his life around and return to being a golfing great again.”
The sports crowd’s only interest appears to be the health of the sport. Face it, when Tiger’s on the card, crowds are larger, TV revenues draw more sponsors, and sportscasters generate more interest in their inane broadcasts.
Sportswriters’ generate more titillating copy for their myopic readers. Tiger Woods is (was) a cash cow and the teat is drying up. They all want Tiger to regain his game, and put all his “unfortunate personal affairs” behind him, so he can resume stoking all their coffers. But in the world of sports the mind-set is, “What have you done for me lately?” The slide from grace in sports is steep and swift. For every sports hero you can name dozens more has-beens. Unfortunately for all the sports hangers-on out there another game is in play in Woods’ life.
A natural law is at work, a simple universal principle, which seems to be whittling away at Woods’ mastery of the game, his popularity, his appeal, and his earning potential. The principle is a simple one: adultery hurts people and those who commit adultery suffer negative consequences for their sins. Bear with me. This is not a sermon. This is not a religious platform to denigrate Woods or promote a religion. All religions, even Woods’ own, condemn adultery. In the Bible it is the seventh commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” In fact, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and even atheists regard adultery as unacceptable sin.
Here’s what the qua’ran says about adultery:
- “Do not go near to adultery. Surely it is a shameful deed and evil, opening roads (to other evils)”
- “Say, ‘Verily, my Lord has prohibited the shameful deeds, be it open or secret, sins and trespasses against the truth and reason’ “
Why do all the major religions in the world, even atheists, believe that adultery is a sin? Because it hurts people. It is temporary pleasure that reaps eternal negative consequences for those involved and the loved ones and families of those who indulge in it.
Tiger’s apparent slump may be the consequences for his adultery and shameful, womanizing. How long will it last? How long will Woods be “off his game?” Will he ever get back on his game. God only knows.
Has Woods truly repented? Only God knows that as well. Even if Woods believes in a forgiving God and Woods repents, he will not escape the consequences, whatever they are, and however severe they may be. It’s a metaphysical law cast in stone (like gravity and entropy) from which there is no denial or escape.
On a personal note: Woods not only made what may turn out to be career ending choices by lacking moral anchors in his life and by believing he was invincible, but he also may be either the dumbest man since Adam, or the most blind. He married one of the most beautiful, and apparently faithful, women on the planet, Elin Nordegren. Let me ask you, guys, if you owned a Lamborghini what on earth would make you want to go out and rent a Pinto?