Today’s reminiscence of time spent with Tiger Woods and his father Earl by Karen Crouse of the NEW YORK TIMES elicits mixed signals on what led to the alleged multiple affairs of Tiger. Affairs, as incomprehensible actions, that wrecked his personal life and business relationships.
(Earl: Explaining The Unexplainable)
Crouse claims that because of his young two children, 2009 was the first year that Tiger gave ground to the media on anything save his steely golf acumen.
His 2-year-old daughter, Sam, and 10-month-old son, Charlie, brought out Woods’s softer side in interviews. When I covered Woods early in his career, the only warmth he exuded in news conferences came from the vibrant reds of his signature Sunday shirts.
This year was different. Returning to competitive golf in late February after a nine-month injury-induced absence, Woods drew me in with a smile that started in his eyes when he talked about his children. When he was asked about the birth of Charlie or how he occupied himself while recovering from knee surgery, his eyes grew moony and his voice was lilting — a marked departure from his monotone.
Crouse then noted the now-regrettable headlines of pieces she wrote about Tiger this past year:
“The Family Guy Is Back on the Course” and “All Eyes Are on Tiger, the Father.”
Those anecdotes make Tiger’s betrayal to his family that much more inexplicable.
But Crouse also recounts sentiment from Tiger’s father Earl that, once again, helps us understand why the golfer elected a path of personal self-destruction.