Tiger Woods: Perseverance Through Adversity

By Shlomo Maital


 At the peak of his career, Tiger Woods crashed, when sordid details of his marriage and family life emerged.  In November 2011, he hit bottom – he dropped to #58 in the world professional golf rankings, from a former #1.  

  But on Monday, with a victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods returned to the #1 slot, for the first time since 2010.  With his win, Woods supplanted Brandt Snedeker, as the favorite for the upcoming Master’s.

    Woods is now 37 years old.  He passed Jack Nicklaus, last year, with his 74th title, and he is only five titles from equaling Sam Snead’s career victory total of 82.  It took Snead almost 30 years to achieve that. 

    Woods has suffered injuries, had to retool his stroke, been attacked viciously in the media for his philandering, went through a tough divorce, and at times played terribly.  Many of his ‘wounds’ were self-inflicted.  Perhaps we can forgive him, because as a star athlete from an early age, he may not have had the time nor the opportunity to learn how to  live; he was too busy playing golf, learning to drive and putt.  He is not the first, nor the last athlete, to screw up his personal life.  But through it all, he never gave up. 

   Tiger Woods is back.  Let’s all of us learn from his perseverance.  If you love what you’re doing, keep at it, no matter what, eventually, if you persist, you will triumph.   Character and determination play a far bigger role in achievement than does genius. 

   And, p.s. Nike – no, “winning does not take care of everything”.  Sometimes winning takes care of nothing.  Being a decent human being takes care of most things.   Tiger learned this the hard way.  Too bad his sponsor hasn’t.