Nov
18
2010
Tiger 2.0 Writes About Redefining Victory
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

In a guest essay for Newsweek, Tiger Woods shares a glimpse inside his soul of what he’s learned in the past year, the healing process, appreciating the little things in life and being a single dad. It’s pretty moving and heartfelt, so it naturally is filled with cliches. Now I know not everything is some conspiracy theory, but the timing and topic of the column is obviously part of the PR campaign as the one-year anniversary of 11/27 approaches. It also was curiously reminiscent of something else released from Tiger earlier this year — remember how Tiger kicked off his journey to redemption? (It’s all starting to make sense!)

Anyway, Tiger is learning “some victories can mean smiles, not trophies.” An example: “Giving my son, Charlie, a bath, for example, beats chipping another bucket of balls.” One of my guy friends said that this line provoked goodhearted laughter from all the guys in his office with kids.

I was feeling rather warm and cuddly on the message until this part took some of that away:

Unfortunately, opportunists are trying still to cash in on my troubles, no matter how irresponsible or ridiculous their claims may be. In many cases, I’ve never even met these people. But there’s no way I can dispute each lie without provoking more. Besides, everyone has probably heard more than they ever wanted to about my private life.

And the column closed with this one-sentence biography on the author:

Woods, one of the winningest golfers of all time, is founder of the Tiger Woods Foundation, which has helped educate more than 10 million kids.

Tiger wraps up his 24-hour Tiger Woods 2.0 Media Tour wraps up with an appearance on Mike & Mike in the Morning on Thursday at 7:30am EST.