Tiger Woods is a balding, 34-year-old man fighting his swing, his putter, his confidence, his past and his history.
I just quoted one sentence from the article that you can find above to show you how harsh the media can be, but go ahead and read the whole article. It’s a decent article which makes some valid points, yet I thought it was way too critical. You just get the feeling that this guy doesn’t like Tiger much at all. If Tiger Woods has proved anything up until this point in his career, it is that ‘valid points’ does not really pertain to him. And I am just speaking in golf terms now. I know he is not very popular for what he did off the golf course lately, but in the end we all make mistakes and he has already paid a heavy emotional and financial price for what he did. Tiger had to pay his wife $750 million for the divorce, he has lost several sponsors, and his golf has suffered badly since he came back this year at The Masters. Much like Federer, Woods have had one of his worst stretches of play since the beginning of the year.
Woods is 0 from 6, while Federer is 1 from 11 in tournament wins. Federer did win a major, but it has been his worst stretch of play after that since he climbed up to the top of the rankings. Woods is 34 and Federer is 28. Both of them are at a stage in their careers where they are past their peak, yet they can hardly be written off. In golf terms it may be hard to win majors after the age of 35, yet Tom Watson finished 2nd at the British Open last year at the age of 59. Woods have won 14 major titles so far, 4 behind the all time best of Jack Nicklaus. The journalist points out that only two golfers have won more than 2 major titles after having turned 36(Nicklaus and Player both won 4), yet Tiger is still just 34. He is going through a rough year which is kind of to be expected, yet next year he will only be 35(birthday Dec. 30) and he can easily pick up more majors in 2011.
Woods is physically probably the strongest golfer that ever played. If anyone will do well into old age it is him, and that is not even taking into account the big temperament player he is. It has always been Tiger’s goal to break Nicklaus’ major record. It was almost as though he was born and bred to do it. Roger has this same sense of destiny about him, and he went through the similar period that Woods went through. At the beginning of 2009 he was on 13 majors, 1 behind Sampras, and things weren’t going very well at all for him after suffering another heart wrenching loss to Nadal in the Australian Open final. After the 2008 loss at Wimbledon to Nadal, the Australian Open loss seemed like the final nail in the coffin, and there was much speculation whether he would even equal Sampras’ record, let alone break it.
Yet since then he added 3 more major titles to his name, 2 clear of Sampras now. And despite that, he is being written off once more. Coming back to Woods, it is clearly very foolish to write off athletes of Federer and Woods’ caliber. These guys just have something special about them. And although Woods have not broken the major title record like Federer has, he has more time left in golf than Federer has in tennis. Since when does a 59-year old come second(make the final) in a slam in tennis?! That would be like Rod Laver(age 71) making the final of Wimbledon now. Clearly Woods has still more than enough time left to break Nicklaus’ record. You know, this is just the nature of the media. They get readers by writing controversial things, but in doing so they show lack of class and expertise.
There is no way in hell I would write Woods off for beating Nicklaus’ record. I mean the guy was basically born to do it. He is definitely going through a rough time now, but as time goes by he will probably want this record even more now. I mean he has lost his wife, and therefor he must now at least achieve this one important thing. It is to be expected that he is going through a tough time, and I am sure he will be back. Roger himself is going through a tough time in his game right now, but he will be back as well. The media make themselves look silly, because each time Roger struggles, he gets written off. Yet each time he comes back to prove them wrong. The media never learns, and therefor no one respects them. Not anyone who knows anything about the game anyway. I can’t find the article now, but Nadal was recently asked if he was a journalist, what would he write about Roger.
He said first of all that he would never be a journalist, and second that Roger will be back. That pretty much sums it all up right there. Given their respective track records, it makes much more sense to believe in these great athletes than to believe in the media. And if that means you don’t take what I say seriously, since I am a type of journalist myself, I would be perfectly fine with that too. For me the truth is more important than any particular journalist anyway. I will write what I believe is the truth, and that is that neither Woods nor Federer can be written off yet. For that they are still too young and too special as athletes. I think Woods will end up breaking Nicklaus’ record despite this difficulty he is currently facing, and I think Roger will add at least 2 more slams to his name before his career is over.
In other news Roger is teaming up with Lindt chocolate to offer consumers to win some prizes, including a trip to New York this year to win the US Open. You can read more about that HERE.