The world must remember not to pass judgement to quickly on one of the game’s greatest.
Instead of stomping on Tiger Woods, the world must help him now.
At 2.30am in Jupiter Florida, a patrol car spotted one Eldrick Tiger Woods asleep at the wheel of his US$220,000 MercedesBenz SUV.
He had his seatbelt on, the engine was running, his brake and hazard lights were on too.
Police later released images that purportedly showed minor damages on the front and rear parts of the vehicle that had two flat tires.
So what was he doing there at that time?
Tiger certainly didn’t know as he replied to the officer’s question and said he just “likes to drive”.
The damaging video released by the police hours later showed a drowsy looking Woods who at the beginning of the video couldn’t even tie his shoe laces properly.
Then he had to undergo a sobriety test.
He told the officer that he did not drink but was on prescribed medication.
Another police video released showed Woods at the police station undergo a breathalyser test.
It would proof that he wasn’t drinking.
But one of the greatest, if not the greatest ever golfer’s personal life was in the spotlight again.
Social media ensured it went beyond the glare of the media spotlight.
Naturally, the keyboard warriors were unrelenting in their persecution and judgement of Tiger.
They were crushing the very same person that had brought the game to life.
They suddenly forgot that this man had done the impossible... he had 79 victories on the PGA Tour and is four short of Jack Nicklaus’ major record of 18 victories.
Suddenly everybody was an expert in prescribed medications for painful back injuries.
But no one looked in the mirror and dared admit that they too are human just like Tiger.
No one admitted that they had a dark side, or had their own secrets.
His colleagues came forward defending the man that they respected so much.
None more resonant than Martin Kaymer’s heartfelt selfie-video.
Tiger’s alleged DUI arrest reminds me of one Princess Diana’s life.
She was the darling, even the victim of the tabloid press in the UK and the rest of the world.
Not a week or month goes by without some big or small story on Diana and her life.
These publications sold more copies because the public wanted more, and more, of her.
Photos sold for the hundreds of thousands if Diana was photographed with one of her lovers.
This created a media frenzy and it gave new meaning to the word paparazzi. It is the same with Tiger. Great people are often in the spotlight. Whether for the right or wrong reasons.
But what golf fans must do more than ever, is to give Tiger their support.
We must never forget and respect those that have given their lives to make the game for what it is. We need that fist pump back. On another note, you will find the list of top 10 golf courses ranked specially to celebrate our 10th Anniversary issue this month.
The ranking was conducted by an independent five-man panel based on 20 nominees.
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