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Tiger Woods Busted For DUI

In case you were wondering, yes--that's Tiger Woods:

Tiger Woods was busted early Monday for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida. 

The once-great golfer was arrested around 3 a.m. on Military Trail just south of Indian Creek Parkway in the town of Jupiter, NBC News has confirmed.

Apparently, he doesn't have anyone in his life to help him through tough times. This is tragic on a number of levels. Woods doesn't have to play golf anymore and he should have upwards of $500 million in the bank if he hasn't completely blown through every penny he ever made.

Nobody has ever done a worse job of surrounding himself with advisors than Tiger Woods, except, of course, Donald Trump.

Tiger Woods Was Finished a Long Time Ago

The post-Tiger Woods era of professional golf continues and no one is going to have much of a take on this:

He still thinks he can pass Jack Nicklaus as the most successful golfer ever, but Tiger Woods has no idea when he will return to competitive action.

The 14-time major champion maintains he is "progressing nicely" after a third back operation in October, but says he won't resume his career until he can practice, play and recover with no ill effects.

    And despite not having won a major since 2008, the 40-year-old still believes he can overhaul Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles. The "Golden Bear" won his final three majors past the age of 40, including his famous 1986 Masters title as a 46-year-old.

    "I think his major championship record is certainly still attainable," Woods told reporters at a media day for the PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National tournament that he hosts at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.

    Woods is also keen to beat Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour wins -- he lies second on the list with 79 titles, the last of which came in August 2013.

    "It would be nice to end up at No. 1 on both lists," he said. "That's a long way away and it's going to take time to get to that point but hopefully I can get back out here and play to that level."

    It's sad to have to say this, but Tiger Woods was finished years ago. He was done playing at a competitive level so long ago, all you can do is shrug and move on. It's a safe bet that Tiger isn't going to win any majors and he would be lucky just to stay competitive in a PGA event. He's ranked 524th in the world largely based on wins from over three years ago and he hasn't won anything for so long, you have to wonder what he's even thinking when he says what he says.

    Did he come up with this nonsense in order to impress a sponsor? Good gravy.

    Oh, and this does not help his case.

    Tiger Woods and His Brand

    Do you feel sorry for Tiger Woods yet?

    Woods, who missed the cut at the British Open after another brutal showing Friday and Saturday, was the ninth-highest paid athlete of the past 12 months according to a ranking by Forbes.

    He made more than $50 million. Most of that money came from endorsements. Nike (NKE) has continued to back Woods even though he has been a shell of his former self.

    Woods won just $600,000 in prize money from golf tournaments in the past year. He missed the cut at last month's U.S. Open too.

    Tiger Woods has to find a new gig, fast. He could be a stunt car driver, a spokesmodel for polo shirts, or a salesman for lifestyle products. He could go into the entertainment business and make fun of himself by doing cameos in movies, but that won't last more than a few years. He no longer dominates anything other than the overrated and overpaid lists mentioned above.

    It doesn't sound like Tiger's brand is going to be worth a lot in a few years, unless we're in the nostalgia business.

    A Desperate Move to Stay Relevant


    I hope Tiger plays well. The issue here isn't really whether he wins this tournament or not--it's staying relevant and visible. For Tiger to slide in the rankings and drop off the radar means the end of what little endorsement money is coming his way. By competing, he gets face time on camera, maybe a media-friendly interview spot or two (he really needs to be more available and forthcoming with the golfing world's media), and he needs to play well.

    If he blows through a few holes, quits, and says nothing, he might as well sit down for the rest of the year and plan a "comeback" next season.

    Tiger Woods is Giving Up on Golf


    Getting rid of the guy who was there for most of your major wins doesn't seem like the sort of thing a champion or a winner or a guy trying to build himself back up would do. It's not like Williams needs Woods. It's the other way around. The only thing that links Tiger Woods to his bygone days of actually being able to compete is Steve Williams.

    Golf is a game of consistency of physical prowess and mental toughness. Woods dumped his swing coach, and now he's gotten rid of his caddie. Consistency is now eliminated, utterly, and it may be physically impossible for an oft-injured Tiger to get back into the form he needs for golf. Can he find the mental toughness he once had? Or is it really just a case of the physical and not the mental?

    Whose idea was it to leave? Was it Woods saying "I need to change things" or was it Williams who went to Tiger and told him it was over?

    Does it even matter? Can Tiger ever win another major, let alone win another tournament?

    When you say "I wish him great success in the future," it means, "so long, and thanks for breaking my heart you jerk."

    Or something like that.

    Bailing on Tiger



    Hank HaneyI hope that this is innocent and all--I don't relish the idea of Tiger Woods presiding over the fiasco of a career and a personal life. To me, the man needs to stop thinking he can get away with things because of the possibility that a lot of what he does will be excused because he's a "kid." Tiger Woods is not a kid, and now he's a golfer without a swing coach:
    Tiger Woods’ longtime swing coach resigned Monday night, leaving the world’s No. 1 player without one of his top advisers as he tries to rebuild his game.
    Hank Haney said in a statement to the Golf Channel that he enjoyed working with Woods but he thinks it’s time for him to step aside as his coach.
    “I will always look back upon our past half-dozen years together as my best days in professional golf,” he said. “It would be a dream of any coach to have a student like Tiger Woods and for me it has come true. Just so there is no confusion I would like to make it clear that this is my decision."
    Well, the speculation was correct, and Hank Haney probably doesn't have to worry about picking up clients. In fact, Hank has a pretty good deal going for himself. Here's what Hank put on his website last night:
    I have informed Tiger Woods this evening that I will no longer be his coach.
    I would like to thank Tiger for the opportunity that I have had to work with him over the past 6 plus years. Tiger Woods has done the work to achieve a level of greatness that I believe the game of golf has never seen before and I will always appreciate the opportunity that I have had to contribute to his successes. I have also enjoyed the association that I have had with Tiger both on and off the golfcourse as I have had some incredible experiences. 
    But, what people who know golf can tell you, is that coaching is important, but mental preparedness is more important. Tiger can be the best-coached golfer in the world and still unravel like a cheap sweater when his head gets in the way. I really think there are physical issues here, and perhaps my speculation about pain killers was not as wildly off the mark as it could have been.
     
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    There Are Hard Days Ahead for Tiger Woods


    The Sawgrass ClubhouseI had made a rather rash and bold statement that could have come back to haunt me. I said that the reason why Phil Mickelson was welcoming a pairing with Tiger Woods stemmed from the fact that Tiger's best years are now well behind him and I really don't think Tiger presents the same problem for other golfers that he once did.
    Tiger will certainly win some tournaments in the future. He will do well enough to surprise some people. But he's not the Tiger of the Tiger Slam years, nor is he as formidable as he once was. The young man has pissed all of that away, and his mental issues are unresolved. 
    Lee Westwood wound up where he started in The Players Championship - with the lead. 

    Only now he has a lot more company.
    Westwood avoided mistakes on the back nine for a 2-under 70 that gave him a one-shot lead over Robert Allenby going into the final round on the always unpredictable TPC Sawgrass.
    Phil Mickelson, nine shots behind at the start of the day, shot a 66 to renew hopes of winning and becoming No. 1 in the world for the first time. He was five shots behind. 

    Mickelson would have to win and have Tiger Woods finish out of the top five, and Woods did his part. His bogey-bogey finish gave him a 71 and left him 10 shots behind in a tie for 45th.
    Tied for 45th is not exactly where we are used to seeing Tiger. What I want to know is, is he fit? Is he feeling any pain in his knee? This is not something that should be ignored. We don't know if he's even a hundred percent, physically. There was a real danger of him missing the cut; expect more of that until things start to turn around for Tiger, assuming they will turn around for him. Only the rubes are making him the favorite in these tournaments. How does your smart money look now, gamblers?
    There was a time when Lefty didn't have a single major win to call his own, and it looked like Tiger would rule golf for twenty years or more. Those days are over.