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QUICK TAKE: It’s About Tiger The Person Now

Tiger and Jack
Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods at the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla. (Photo Credit: Action Images / Stuart Franklin)

DUBLIN, OHIO – Reading the details of the police report regarding Tiger Woods’ arrest is disturbing.

The dashcam video, when it emerges, will no doubt be equally or more disturbing, seeing a giant reduced to a drowsy, stumbling lost soul in the dead of night.

It’s impossible not to think about where we were – Tiger and the rest of us caught in his spellbinding aura – when he won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on a cracked leg and with his family by his side at the trophy presentation.

It felt like it would last forever.

Tiger wasn’t just going to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 professional major championship victories. He was going to take the record deep, somewhere in the low 20s, when he was done.

And here we are.

It’s not about Tiger the golfer any more. It’s about Tiger the person.

It’s not just his leg that’s broken now.

“Tiger, I’ve always thought, was going to break my record. Do I think he probably won’t now? I don’t think unless – I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Nicklaus said Tuesday at his annual press conference in advance of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

No one knows what’s going to happen.

But Jack’s record is safe.

When all the details are out there, when we’ve seen and read all that comes with this sad episode, maybe Tiger will enlighten us with what got him to where the police found him.

Because people are pulling for him. It takes a pretty heartless soul to find joy in what’s happened to Tiger this week.

It’s easy to speculate on what’s happened to Tiger with the revelation that he was under the influence of prescription medication. He’s had four back surgeries capped by a potentially career-altering spinal fusion less than two months ago.

At the moment, though, it’s just speculation and conjecture. The golf part doesn’t matter, at least not now. This is bigger than that and that was enormous.

“I feel bad for Tiger. Tiger is a friend,” Nicklaus said. “He’s been great for the game of golf. And I think he needs all our help. And we wish him well.”



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