When Tiger Woods quits golf, it will presumably be under better circumstances than this. Yesterday, Woods quit golf for the moment, taking an indefinite hiatus to save his marriage. It may be too little, too late, just like his other statements on the scandal. However, his latest statement was a bit more revealing than the others, as he stopped using “transgressions” as a code word for infidelity. But the news that Tiger Woods quit golf for the moment actually has more importance.
At this moment, the PGA are no fans of the tabloids and the Internet. Thanks to their uncovering of Woods’ scandals, they’ve lost their biggest star for an unknown amount of time. Golf just survived a Tiger-free period in 2008-09, when he had his knee injury. Now they have to go through that nightmare again, and they don’t know when it will end.
One would assume that Tiger Woods would quit golf only until the Masters, but even that’s uncertain. Depending on how his marital work goes, the Masters could go on without him for the first time in 15 years. His chase to overtake Jack Nicklaus already hit a speed bump when he didn’t win any majors last year. But his uncommonly long losing streak may not be the main talking point when Woods comes back to the majors.
Tiger Woods quit golf due to an ultimatum, if the UK Sun can be believed. Their latest report claims that Elin Nordegren told Woods “Its golf….or me” before he posted his statement. Despite recent reports that Nordegren already moved out, the Sun claims she is ready to stay – but on her terms. One of them is that Woods leaves golf until things are worked out.
Now that he has agreed to it – and actually said he committed infidelity in his new statement – the public may not see him for another several months or so. Each time he’s reached out, it’s been through his website, as he continues to ask for privacy. Yet every time he’s given a statement, tons more details come out afterwards to make him speak out again.
Now that the mistress count is at double figures, and since Woods has quit golf for the moment, what’s left that would make Woods speak again this year? Given how this scandal has gone, one still shouldn’t assume the worst is over.
The Sun’s allegations came at the bottom of a story where model Jamie Jungers discussed her affair with Woods. So as long as the mistresses are still talking – or haven’t been discovered yet – even quitting golf won’t bring an end to it. In fact, even if the worst is over, the scandal won’t really end until he returns to the links, finalizes a divorce, or reconciles with Nordegren – whichever comes first.
Tiger Woods.com- “Tiger Woods taking hiatus from golf”
The Sun- “Lingerie model tells of first Tiger meeting”