Whew! I guess when you hit rock bottom the only way to go is back up. Or drown. Tiger showed us the bottom this last weekend in Akron at the Bridgestone Invitational where he lost to Hunter Mahan by thirty strokes. Thirty. Who could have imagined in their wildest that Tiger would shoot that bad? He beat Henrik Stenson by two, placing next to last in the field of 80 players. Everyone is wondering about but almost no one is asking about his mental state. Certainly the shocking news of his sexual activity and the subsequent accident last November have a bunch to do with the state of his game. Certainly the status of his marriage to Elin and the custody of his children must have a bunch to do with his game. Next weekend is the last major, the PGA at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. It will be interesting to see if Tiger can muster anything, can get his game back up to at least acceptable in less than a week. Probably not. And if not, then he won't be playing in the Ryder Cup matches. He won't be playing in any of the tournaments leading up to the Tour Championship, nor the Championship itself. He'll take the rest of the year off to get his head straight, to get his family matters straight, to get his game and enthusiasm for the game back. Although a lot of golf fans are somewhat pleased by his comeupance, I for one hope for the best. I don't want to see his career end with a hollow thump.
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