deniability. The Tiger Woods saga has reached dizzying heights. History will tell us though that this too shall pass. Perhaps a credibility dent to be suffered by Tiger, but no knock down blows. We're talking about golf here, not international politics or nuclear capabilities. Of course the "press" will continue to feed like Doberman on a t-bone, but they would regardless of the purported facts. Time heals all wounds and the timing on this one was sort of kind to Woods. Aside from missing his personal tournament he has at least a two month layoff before his expected return in 2010 at Torrey Pines.
Will there be ramifications? Oh, probably. Woods' march toward billionairedom could be delayed, but I doubt you'll see him asking for stimulus money any time soon. Sure his marketability may suffer with a public that's more concerned with what Britney Spears had for lunch than what sort of job the President is doing, but that's a reflection of where we are as a society. Will his marriage survive? Who the hell knows? Crap, half of the marriages in this country don't survive, including mine. Will he pass Jack's major total? Sheer time and numbers say yes, but until it happens it hasn't happened. Strife and turmoil in one's private life doesn't typically translate into golf excellence, but he made his bed.... When one strives to attain the seemingly unattainable and embraces the spotlight along the way, embracing as well untold riches, it's not enough to just say you're going to take your ball and go home when the game gets a little nasty. For that he deserves a slap on the trust meter.
This much is true.......... After a warm up event or two, or three, Tiger Woods, barring injury, will make his way to Augusta in the spring of 2010 to continue his pursuit and practice his craft. I'll watch and so will you. Anything that happens between now and then is irrelevant in the golf world in the opinion of this Average Golfer.