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Can Tiger Woods Come Back?

By Marquis Codjia

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After his über-publicized apology ceremony a few weeks ago, many sport commentators and golf enthusiasts over the world were wondering what Tiger Woods would do next.

The legendary golf champion seemed genuinely remorseful for the immense tort he’d wrought upon his family and vowed to do everything in his power to reconnect the “trust dots” with his loved ones.

Although Woods clearly avouched that the sport wasn’t his immediate priority and that his career would be put on hold for a certain period, it makes sense to speculate that the golfer would certainly resume competition sooner rather than later.

That’s at least what traders believe at Intrade.com, an online prediction markets operator, with 80% of participants wagering that the golfer will play in a PGA Tour event before April 30th, 2010.

Understanding the dynamics, both external and internal, at work in Tiger Woods’ sport empire is crucial to corroborating such forecast.

First, the athlete possesses solid internal strengths stemming from his game and his family. He has a highly supportive mother, whose bonding grew even more intimate after her husband died a few years ago, and a loving (?) wife, Erin, who most likely will remain by her estranged husband once the sentimental pain dissipates.

Second, Woods is debatably the most popular athlete on earth. His popularity spans on and off golf courts since he’s also prominent in philanthropy via his foundation. Albeit his communication was deplorable at the onset of this conjugal melodrama, he has a solid organization to withstand the crisis.

Third, and most important, strength in Woods’ favor: us.

Fans constitute the biggest asset in the sportsman’s coffer. The public relishes offering a second chance to contrite celebrities who concede poor judgment and apologize for it. Cases vary from one individual to the other, but current and past headlines offer a plethora of stories involving politicians, religious leaders, sportsmen and other celebrities who regained prominence after an adulterous episode.

Fourth advantage to Woods: fellow golfers. Oddly, this group needs his quick comeback more than any other even if some rivals may secretly fancy his premature retirement to reach stardom. Some voiced outrage in the media after the infidelity surfaced back in December, but admittedly the industry as a whole has benefited tremendously from Woods’ clout.

Players can’t refute that Woods’ presence in the game has helped fatten their individual paychecks and endorsement deals owing to the increased audience the golf genius drew to a sport previously touted as elitist.

Last but not least, sponsors and major news outlets, especially visual media (TV and internet), stand to lose billions of dollars if the athlete pauses or halts his career. The golf industry has experienced a momentous sales growth in the last decade and no firm wants that manna to evaporate. This is especially true for key players such as Nike and Adidas, or small apparel dealers and internet portals devoted to the sport.

It becomes then pretty clear that external factors favor a Woods’ return but the question now remains whether he will use this difficult period to solidify his morale and come back or sink into oblivion. Wait and see!

  1. wtw
    March 12, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    This sex scandal will give Tiger more life experience. I do believe he will comeback both as our golf super-star as well as a better husband and father.

  2. Plan B
    March 13, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Tiger is the athlete ever.

  3. Boriga
    March 13, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Tiger needs to clean his life, I hope he has enough strength after all these mistresses.😀

  4. Rhoter
    March 13, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Great article my friend, thanks for sharing.

  5. Pamela
    March 13, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Hi, i just sent u a private email. pls reply when u can. Great 2 read ur stuff.

  6. TigerFan
    March 13, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Tiger can’t sink ‘coz there’s billions of $$$$$$ in his back and all those major companies can’t stand losing such $$$$. money talks kid but b…sh walks. those who believe the kid will sink are so wronggggggggggggggg

  7. Parl1958
    March 13, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Tiger rules…………both on and off the court.😀😀😀

  8. Usher
    March 13, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Read this
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jeOvCWPzhdNQG1iU1il5B0_GQnTQ
    “South Park” to poke fun at Tiger Woods’ infidelity
    (AFP) – 3 hours ago
    LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods, whose marital infidelity led to a firestorm of scandal, will be featured in next week’s season-opening episode of the Comedy Central animated television show “South Park”.
    A teaser clip with the label “All The Temptations” promoting next Wednesday’s first show of South Park’s 14th season has already been viewed by more than 62,000 people according to a counter on the network’s web site.
    In the selection, an animated Woods stands at a podium much as the real one did last month in Florida when he made a public apology, speaking about how he felt he could get away with anything and deserved to enjoy “all the temptations around me.”
    Only at the end of the clip does the scene expand to show Eric Cartman, one of South Park’s main characters, standing behind the cartoon Woods and looking up at him as he speaks.
    The real Woods has taken an indefinite break from golf to work on his personal life in the wake of a scandal that saw more than a dozen women claim to have had affairs with the world’s number one golfer.
    There had been speculation Woods might return later this month but several reports, including one late Friday by the New York Times, say he will not make a comeback before next month’s Masters.
    If Woods did return for the year’s first major championship at Augusta, Georgia, it would mean playing competitively for the first time in nearly five months in one of the game’s most difficult tournaments.

  9. Awesome
    March 13, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Awesome article. great.

  10. Vani26
    March 13, 2010 at 4:09 am

    TW is here to stay, whether y’all jealous like it or not.

  11. DARKNESS
    March 13, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Totally side with the author here, Tiger W will be back just like his buddy M Jordan.

  12. Sdeph
    March 13, 2010 at 4:11 am

    woulnd’t be nice if we hear his wife’s side of the story? I’m tired of those macho writing abt how good Tiger is. And wht abt Erin, the mother of his kids? Isn’t she deserving as well.

  13. Sunny
    March 13, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Tiger is the best.

  14. Ppelur
    March 13, 2010 at 4:12 am

    nice article.

  15. Jennifer
    March 13, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Tiger is a good athlete and handsome. It makes sense he attracted women, he’ll continue to do so even if he’ll try to use buddhism to stop his impulse.

  16. WinnerG
    March 13, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Excellent article.

  17. Manadja87
    March 13, 2010 at 4:13 am

    luv’ ur writings. do more sport postings.

  18. John
    March 13, 2010 at 4:14 am

    😀😀😀

  19. PetterPann
    March 13, 2010 at 4:15 am

    hat’s off to ur article.

  20. Hosting
    March 13, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Is Tiger really cured of his sexual impulses? doubt that.

  21. WorldT
    March 13, 2010 at 4:16 am

    i think he’ll bounce back.

  22. Mary NJ
    March 13, 2010 at 4:16 am

    I know and I think he’s a solid dude.

  23. Lovein
    March 13, 2010 at 4:17 am

    give anyone a second chance. he deserves it

  24. Dr Rahoud
    March 13, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Physically, he can come back and he’s young. He’ll be the best golfer ever.

  25. Haller
    March 13, 2010 at 4:18 am

    tige is bound for hall of fmae babe.

  26. Pretty
    March 13, 2010 at 4:18 am

    tiger w is the best.

  27. Parbopr
    March 13, 2010 at 4:19 am

    really good article abt the things goin on in golf today.

  28. Rupare
    March 13, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Just stumble on ur blog, ‘m a sportswriter too. Great article.

  29. NY Boy
    March 13, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Tiger is the best……….

  30. Politcis
    March 13, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Tiger will be back b4 u know it. Michael Vick is back isn’t he? and tiger hasn’t been as cruel.

  31. Lone39
    March 13, 2010 at 4:21 am

    great sharing this article.

  32. Bloger
    March 13, 2010 at 4:22 am
  33. Chang
    March 13, 2010 at 4:22 am

    what abt his mum, what is she doing in all this? i’m sure Tiger wld have lov’d his dad to be around.

  34. Spirit Fighter
    March 13, 2010 at 4:23 am

    great article and great blog.

  35. Babe
    March 13, 2010 at 4:26 am

    thx for ur article.

  36. Hamid
    March 13, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Tiger is coming back for sure.

  37. Juliet 23
    March 13, 2010 at 4:27 am

    don’t thnk he’ll be back that soon. erin may still leave him

  38. SQUEEZE
    March 13, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Tiger is the best, the rest are just jealous.

  39. Rambo
    March 13, 2010 at 4:28 am

    he’s the best ever😀😀

  40. TakeThat
    March 13, 2010 at 4:28 am

    wonderful

  41. Ravil3
    March 13, 2010 at 4:29 am

    i believe the media exaggerated all this stuff. don’t think he had 12 mistresses. how can a man afford so many women?

    • qaurter
      March 13, 2010 at 4:30 am

      because of viagra?😀

  42. Reich
    March 13, 2010 at 4:29 am

    luv ur article. fair and str8 to the point.

  43. Cherry Pill
    March 13, 2010 at 4:31 am

    great article but u didn’t talk abt how many millions he’s already lost in cancelled endorsement deals. it’s a lot of dough.

  44. Seke
    March 13, 2010 at 4:31 am

    great.

  45. Hitochi Ike
    March 13, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Tiger can’t leave the game. ever.

  46. Freddy
    March 13, 2010 at 4:33 am

    luv’ it

  47. Seke
    March 13, 2010 at 4:34 am
  48. Tania49
    March 13, 2010 at 4:34 am

    are tiger’s mistresses for real?

  49. Toiture
    March 13, 2010 at 4:35 am

    great article dude

  50. SisterSouljah
    March 13, 2010 at 4:36 am

    luv ur blog, keep it up

  51. JohnJ
    March 13, 2010 at 4:36 am

    tiger is still around and will be for a long time.

  52. Mistress
    March 13, 2010 at 4:37 am

    luv Tiger to death. he’s my fantasy lover.

  53. Grill
    March 13, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Tiger is the best. Period.

  54. Corpus
    March 13, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Tiger will be back and better.

  55. Fassi1989
    March 13, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Tiger is the best husband and father. He made a mistake, so……?

  56. MJ
    March 13, 2010 at 4:39 am

    M Jordan was back after all that, so Tiger W will also be back.

  57. Live
    March 13, 2010 at 4:40 am

    without tiger, golf is gone.

  58. Ralph
    March 13, 2010 at 4:40 am

    golf industry has already lost millions ‘coz of the scandal. they can afford to keep it going.

  59. Dreamer
    March 13, 2010 at 4:41 am

    luv Tiger always. a big fan.

  60. Erin
    March 13, 2010 at 4:41 am

    luv tiger but will luv to see Erin also happy. that’s important.

  61. Perle34
    March 13, 2010 at 4:42 am

    TW is here to stay.

  62. Enygma
    March 13, 2010 at 4:42 am

    luv ur blog here.

  63. Planeboy
    March 13, 2010 at 4:43 am

    great insights. u shd write for SI.

  64. FAR WEST
    March 13, 2010 at 4:43 am

    GOOD GOIN TIGER……………

  65. aMOUR@
    March 13, 2010 at 4:46 am

    thx, luv the article.

  66. Mano a Mano
    March 13, 2010 at 4:46 am

    leave TW alone. he’s the best.

  67. Charming
    March 13, 2010 at 4:47 am

    luv TW

  68. Wonderbra
    March 13, 2010 at 4:47 am

    tiger is still the bst and y’all are just jealous if u say the opposite.

  69. Kolid
    March 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

    great article

  70. Mistic29
    March 13, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Tiver rocks and all jealous suck@

  71. Babyface
    March 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

    wonderin why some ppl are so hypocrit. the person who’s never cheated on their loved one, let them come forward…

  72. Diallo
    March 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Tiger W is the best athlete ever, even MJ doesn’t come close… believe that

  73. Goldrus58
    March 13, 2010 at 8:19 am

    excellent analysis. i agree with u

  74. Hunroad
    March 13, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Tiger woods will resuscitate just like Michael Jordan, Elliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton, etc…

  75. Painkill
    March 13, 2010 at 8:20 am

    😀 very good

  76. Hollywoodjunkie
    March 13, 2010 at 8:21 am

    read this
    Howard Stern’s Ms. Tiger Woods Hottest Mistress Award Goes To…
    http://cheehee.com/en/sports-scandals/779-howard-sterns-ms-tiger-woods-hottest-mistress-award-goes-to

  77. Mistresslover
    March 13, 2010 at 8:22 am

    i luv mistresses and i luv Tiger woods.

  78. Cherryoo
    March 13, 2010 at 8:22 am

    great… now u guys think Tiger Woods is a saint. unbelievable how men can forget so quick.

  79. Koro
    March 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

    thx for the article…………………………..

  80. ThinkingHead
    March 13, 2010 at 8:43 am

    we can also speculate that Tiger may not come back and decide to live off the tens of millions he’s already made. He can do someth’n else.

  81. Queue
    March 13, 2010 at 8:46 am

    awesome.

  82. Song1960
    March 13, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Wldn’t it be nice if he were to apologize with his wife by his side as all politicians do?

  83. Alice
    March 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Tiger W is the best husband and father ever. The fact that he cheated on his wife is interesting ‘coz we don’t know what’s going on inside their family.

  84. Ball2
    March 13, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Very nice article Marquis but u forget to mention that all other players out there also need Tiger in the game all the time. Because his presence elevates the game. I’ve been an amateur golfer for 26 years and I know what it is to have a good player around in the tournament.

  85. PS
    March 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

    GREAT POSTING

  86. Dr. Theo
    March 13, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Hi,
    I sent you an email, please reply where you’re able to.
    Thanks,
    Dr. Theo

  87. Schoolr
    March 13, 2010 at 8:54 am

    thx for ur article. great.

  88. JesusEstrada
    March 13, 2010 at 8:54 am

    gracias for the article. i luv Tiger Voods.

  89. Nye Kok Hung
    March 13, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Hey Marquis, thanx for the article. Please do more sport postings.🙂

  90. SOLOMON
    March 13, 2010 at 8:55 am

    thx for the all good articles u have on there.

  91. Sira
    March 13, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I just signed up to ur blog.

  92. Dabij
    March 13, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I appreciate the invitation. Good going.

  93. Kouassi
    March 13, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Tiger W is coming back in April and prove wrong all those hypocrit cheaters.

  94. Mao
    March 13, 2010 at 8:58 am

    thx Marquis, keep it up.

  95. Dada
    March 13, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Good content.

  96. GoneGolfer
    March 13, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Golf is an art and TW is an artist. Artists never die.

  97. Paul
    March 13, 2010 at 9:01 am

    good analysis. i think he’ll come back ‘coz it’s too much cash at stake

  98. Jules190034
    March 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

    thx, good content.

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