TIGER WOODS: A HALT IN IMMORTALITY

From 1997 to 2008, Tiger Woods won 14 major titles. It had never been done before, atleast not in such a short span of time. He was only 4 away from Jack Nicklaus’s record haul of 18. On current form, that only seemed like a few years away- and he’d still have a good decade of golf left at top level. Things were always looking up, and he had held the top ranking for a greater part of a decade. Why, he was declared PGA player of the year (by fellow golfers, no less) nine times already. And he was only 33. His friendly rivalry with another great Roger Federer began to make headlines- and they were competing with eachother for Major titles by then. 

While Roger Federer outlasted his period at the top by a good 4 years, and was brought back down to mortal status by a rampaging Rafael Nadal, Tiger Woods- the person- was officially declared dead in November 2009. We all know what happened, and it seems pointless to revisit his flawed, ten-timing ways yet again. So let’s just say that one half of his life fell apart, and all he had was professional Golf- the sport that had catapulted him to the very pinnacle- a status that ironically deluded his private life. 
Numbers are hard to ignore. Shane Warne has gone through his fairshare of battles off the field, but he was never beaten on the field. That could be put down to the fact that cricket is largely a team game, and a couple of failures are always disguised by the relentlessness of the brutal Aussie team a decade ago. After the world of Tiger Woods was exposed to the world in 2009, he returned to Golf- much to the relief of the entire PGA tour- in April 2010. After a couple of promising fourth places in the first two majors of the year, Tiger Woods decided that his aura had run its course. When we watched the larger-than-life figure of a strong, young Golfer sashay down the greens at a course in his trademark Sunday-reds, it didn’t feel like we were watching invincibility at its peak anymore. We didn’t feel like we were watching a Warrior, not unlike Achilles, swirl his club- already calculating the wind speeds and choice of putters. His walk felt hollow, and he looked like a man desperately in battle- not with the other 120-odd golfers at the event, but with his own inner demons. 
Why, you would ask, would the greatest sporting icon of a generation forfeit his masterful game in favour of penance, healing and regret? Why would his game be affected for such a long period of time? For professional sportsmen at the top of their game, it isn’t such a simple question. One wouldn’t have expected to watch Roger Federer reach dizzying levels of success if he didn’t look up after every set to see the calming figure of girlfriend (now wife) Mirka in the player’s box. One wouldn’t expect Sachin Tendulkar to knock off every recordbook without the stellar presence of Mrs. Tendulkar back in Mumbai constantly holding fort, for her excited little athlete husband. People like Shane Warne crave chaos, and it spurs them on- much like it did, the Joker- and hence, you’d be hard-pressed to find another Warne in World Sports. 

Tiger Woods built an entire empire around his ‘stable family life’- the great American dream, they call it. One mistake, or 15 in his case, and his empire crumbles in a devastating domino-effect manner. His game was always part of that empire. His cockiness, arrogance and ruthlessness rose in parts from the knowledge of having a perfect wife back home, caring for his perfect little babies in a perfect big mansion. His swing, suspect putting abilities and long drives were all subject to his impenetrable mental state. Sooner or later, the bubble was to burst, and he made hay while the sun shone bright on him. 
We may never see the great Tiger Woods again, and we may never see the era of World Domination ever again. Everyone loves an underdog, and every good performance by Woods will be cheered on- because he is now the fallen hero looking for a way out. He is a tortured legend, a flawed genius, looking for the right notes. 
When Rachel was murdered in The Dark Knight, the Batman found himself increasingly mortal, and even made some heinous decisions that betrayed the foundation he built himself on. He played dirty, to beat his greatest rival, because deep inside- he was aware of the fact that the Joker was just an extension of his own self. The only difference- one worked for peace, and the other was an agent of chaos. They were mere alter-egos, working under different guises, with the same outlooks. 
Tiger Woods has nobody but himself to defeat now- for he is ranked 58th in the world, down from 1st in a period of 12 painful months. He has not won a golf tournament since September 2009. He has not won a major since US Open 2008 (on one leg). He has lost most of his top sponsors, and has even incurred the wrath of now-ex-Caddie Steve Williams. He has taken the blame, and still faces the camera with a glint in his eye that says, ‘Sacrifice me, if it helps you get your mind off your own frustrated situations’. He is working on a new swing, he says, but that only delays the inevitable question: Will he ever compete again?
We can’t call this his fall from grace, because he has always and will always maintain a holy position in the hearts of every single Golf Enthusiast on the globe. We all want him back, but one is not sure if he wants to come back. 
It could only be appropriate then, that his return to the US Open- the scene of his last major success- will coincide with the opening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Americans love fairytale stories, they love comebacks. But this is far from one- there is a much deeper meaning to this story- because this is a dark, twisted tale of a man chosen by God, trying to fight off his only worthy and greatest enemy.

онлайн оформление кредитной карты в украинекредитка приватбанк отзывызаявка на кредитную карту отп банкприватбанк нижний новгород кредитная карта отзывы

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*
Name:*
E-mail:*

1 Comment

  1. monal

    November 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    adulation of the masses and power are aprhrodisiacs which few,even Clinton can resist. When they do resist,they emerge as true heroes (tendulkar,federer). else they are merely fallen heroes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


four − = 3

More in Other Sports

  • The King of Clay: In Numbers

    Contrary to popular opinion, Rafael Nadal, the current World No. 7, has enjoyed a stellar start to 2017. He may have...

    Rahul DesaiApril 20, 2017
  • The F1 Rivalry We Deserve

    Formula One needs this rivalry. It’s not because they’re exceptionally friendly with each other. God knows this good spirit and fist...

    Rahul DesaiApril 19, 2017
  • The Sweet Smell of Sergio Garcia

    Professional sport is full of fairytale endings. On Sunday, though, at the famous Augusta National for Golf’s most prestigious major event,...

    Rahul DesaiApril 10, 2017
  • 5 Reasons the Federer-Nadal Rivalry has Turned

    On Sunday at the second ATP Masters 1000 event of the year in Miami, Roger Federer wrote another time-defying chapter in...

    Rahul DesaiApril 3, 2017
  • The Many Resurgences of Roger Federer

    Roger Federer has spent more than half his life as a professional tennis player on the ATP tour. In August this...

    Rahul DesaiMarch 23, 2017
  • The Sports Week That Was and Will Be

    While a bunch of Oscar-nominated contenders make their way into Indian screens on the eve of the 89th Academy Awards –...

    Rahul DesaiFebruary 24, 2017
  • Neymar – The Modern Pele?

    Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, simply known as Neymar, has taken the football world by storm ever since he made his...

    Dharm PatelFebruary 5, 2017
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Truly the Greatest

    Cristiano Ronaldo is a name everyone is aware of, whether they follow football or not. He just cannot be ignored, the superstar...

    Dharm PatelFebruary 5, 2017
  • Because of Roger Federer

    14 years ago, new to the big city, still in a state of culture shock, I made my way to my...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 30, 2017

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2016 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
×
×
WordPress Popup