Golf Special Edition: Tiger tales of 2009-2010 (part2)

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Golf Special Edition: Tiger tales of 2009-2010 (part2)

For the ones who have read the first half of Tiger Woods tales of 2009, here is the second half.

November arrived and bought the first victory of Australasian tour on 15th November.  Few weeks later, National Enquirer issued a tabloid regarding Tigers affair with a nightclub waitress, which he clearly denied. However, on 28th November, Tiger was kicked out of the bag for cheating his wife. Tiger confessed to wife regarding his infidelity. According to a record, ‘Tiger accepted sexual interactions with 120 females.’  The veteran left the Florida residence in rush, but slammed his car in a fire hydrant few steps away from his place. He was rushed to the hospital and later to the court for being charged with case of infidelity.

The 35-year-old took a break of three months to handle the turmoil going on in his married life, but no good happened. Instead, the couple got divorced on August 31st and Elin (Tigers’ wife) charged $ 100 million in settlement.

Meanwhile, Tigers’ career took a dip, owing to the hassle, which was taking place in his life.  2010 started, but the consequences of 2009 did not let go. Tiger announced in March that he was ready for Masters, which is one of the four majors. He finished fourth in it and became butt of every joke for his recent revelation of a sex scandal.

In the same month, Tiger missed the cut in Quail Hallow Championship and withdrew from Players Championship. With a gap of four weeks, Tiger returned to the Memorial Tournament to defend his title, but failed. He finished 19th, which was the worst rank he could attain since 1992. In 1992, Tiger defended his title at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and was titled Golf Digest Amateur Player of the Year, Golf World Player of the Year, and Golf week National Amateur of the Year.

In June, he headed towards Memorial Tournament for US Open where he had posted a victory with an edge of 15 strokes in 2000. To his despise, he failed to deliver the swings that were expected from him and lost the title to Graeme McDowell. This was only the start of bad times, as Tiger was about to witness, a pay cut in sponsorship deals. Right after the AT&T National, AT&T dropped its deal with Tiger Wood without giving a solid reasoning. The drop was evident after Tiger failed to deliver a decent round at par.

In the same period, one of Tiger’s mistress claimed that she had a son with him, whom she named Austin T. The letter ‘T’ was a sign narrating a story of cheats and betrayals done by Tiger to his wife.

With a gap of one week, Tiger flew to St Andrews to compete in Open Championship and for the second time changed his swings along with the putter. Tiger switched his Scotty Cameron Titleist putter with Nike Method 00, but failed to make an impact.

Commenting on the change he said, “"I've always been tempted to change my putter on slower greens. I've always struggled when greens are really slow. I always feel more comfortable when the greens get quick. This putter does come off faster. It rolls the ball better and rolls it faster so I've had to make very little adjustment in how hard I'm hitting it compared to if I had my older putter. I've always experimented with other putters throughout the years, but I've never put one in play until now."

The putter failed Tiger and at that particular moment, Tiger realized that a change in swings was required to fix things. Before he could mend things, Tiger headed for WGC- Bridgestone Invitatational where he carded the worst score of his career. The veteran with 14-major success attached with his name finished second last thanks to courtesy of Lee Westwood, who took a withdrawal at the last moment.

This was the start of August 2010. To find out what happened next, follow the last half of the feature.




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