Only a Game? - Nobody’s fault but Tiger’s

Tiger Woods takes a moment during the second round of Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday Feb. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Tiger Woods takes a moment during the second round of Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday Feb. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Tiger Woods really needs to catch himself on!

I, like many others, was behind Tiger when his serial philandering hit the headlines. I thought he deserved a second chance and I believed that he should just get back to doing what he does best; hitting a golf ball.

Earlier this week Tiger sacked his long term caddie Steve Williams. It was one of the most shocking parting of ways that the world of sport had ever seen - Williams has been with Woods for 13 out of his 14 major triumphs.

If golf pundits are anything to go by then many of them would say that Woods does not have many friends. One journalist went as far as to suggest that Woods “uses” people and then when he gets what he wants he drops them like rubbish.

When the rest of the world were passing judgement on Tiger’s sex scandal and his subsequent marriage breakdown, Williams displayed tremendous loyalty and stuck by the former world number one.

Williams was Woods’ closest ally for years which makes his sacking even more dumbfounding.

Williams was utterly horrified when he Tiger gave him his marching orders. He said that he felt that he had wasted the last two years of his life standing by him.

“You could say I’ve wasted the last two years of my life,” Williams told Television New Zealand. “I’ve stuck with Tiger and been incredibly loyal. I’m not disappointed I’ve been fired – that’s part of the job – but the timing is extraordinary.”

“I am extremely disappointed, given that the last 18 months has been a particularly difficult time,”

“With the scandals, a new coach, a swing change, I’ve stuck with him through thick and thin and been incredibly loyal – and then this happens.

“I wouldn’t ditch someone when the chips are down. I’ve stuck by Tiger and put myself and my family in a difficult position.” He added.

Tiger Woods was one of my boyhood heroes so you can imagine how disappointed at his fall from grace.

When Tiger admitted that he was addicted to sex and when his marriage blew up many felt that it was still possible for him to go on and win a few majors. However, the sense of feeling has shifted after his decision to get rid of Williams.

It appears that Tiger is getting rid of the people of the who stuck by him through thick and thin. He’s lost his wife and now he lost his caddie. Tiger has alienated himself from everyone in the world of golf and his decision to get rid of Williams will cost him fans.

Williams, from New Zealand, will now caddie for Adam Scott but will we ever see Tiger back again? Who knows.

Caddying for Tiger is perhaps a poisoned chalice. Whoever takes the job will have a real challenge on their hands.

The chances of Tiger ever achieving the success he enjoyed earlier in his career are getting smaller as each tournament passes by. With injury and an unfocused mind, it would appear that the once great Tiger Woods is no more. The world of golf has moved on and with players like Rory McIlroy now making the headlines it’s fair to say that Tiger’s days as the world most sought after golfer are long gone.