Back in 2010, I lost respect for the man, Eldrick Woods.
His golf game didn’t matter to me. I saw a man who destroyed his family. And that did matter.
His story was so familiar, so personal, that my dad attempted a joke: “The news keeps talking about (insert the name of the man I was married to), but they keep calling him Tiger”. The joke was funny, in a sad way.
His wife’s story was similar to mine (minus the wealth 😉).
In a way that only one who has experienced the same pain and humiliation can understand, I recognized her emotional breakdown for what it was:
A reaction to months, maybe years, of heartache, loss, betrayal.
His fall from grace seemed to me deserving of his self-sabotaging behavior.
I thought he was done.
Most of you thought his story was over.
Obviously, he didn’t think so.
I don’t know if Eldrick the man has changed his old habits. I hope he has.
Tiger changed. He decided to fight his way back.
I am happy for him. I am proud of his tenacity.
Americans love a good comeback. A rise from the ruins give us hope for our own victory story.
We love witnessing perseverance, a mind-shift, and goals achieved. It’s who we are. Those same character traits are the very ones that built the country we love.
If you’ve experienced a setback… know that you have a comeback in you, too. You’ve just got to work for it.
Too good not to share…
* Content below was written by Chris Field
He had it all. Everything. Until he didn’t. And the fall was not a small one. It was documented everywhere. All his sins, and there were plenty, for the world to see. Whispers, finger pointing, head shaking, headlines.
Slowly, with almost nobody watching and even less believing, he started coming back. An injury almost ended the comeback before it even started. He persevered through that as well.
Today, with the world watching, he does it. A generation who years ago sat with their dads watching Tiger win sat with their own kids now and said, “watch this.” A generation inspired to become and excel at golf by watching Tiger on TV as kids watched one more time today as he passed them on the leaderboard.
His children who watched it all unfold over the last decade with their own parts in the story are waiting for him just off the 18th green. The mom who watched her son have it all, and then lose it all, is waiting too. She never left, by the way. Mommas almost never do.
The story isn’t perfect. They never are. We never are. But it’s a heck of a good one. Watch closely kids. Being great is one thing. Being great after falling out of grace takes twice as much work and ten times as much courage. That’s the good stuff in life. That’s why a bunch of old dudes got tears in their eyes today.