Remove the loss of a father, and you have what Tiger Woods would probably consider his best year on tour to date.
To recap a few highlights of his year:
- Opens Tiger Woods Learning Center
- 8 PGA Tour Victories. He had 15 starts. That means he won 53% of the tournaments he entered.
- 6 victories in a row
- Won the British Open and the PGA Championship
- Earned $9,941,563 in 2006. Has career earnings of $65,712,324
- POY – Won Player of the Year for the 8th time. 10th year on tour, 8 times is damn amazing!
- AOY – Won Athlete of the Year for the 4th time.
- SOY – Won the Associated Press’s Story of the Year for the 3rd time.
- Announced the news his wife and him are expecting their first child sometime next summer
In Tiger words, given the loss of his father, even with all the accomplishments listed above he considers 2006 a loss. Losing someone you love trumps all.
Tiger has pulled out of the Mercedes Championship which takes place in early January and kicks off the 2007 season. I hope to see Tiger compete in more then 15 tournaments in 2007. It’s always interesting to see his fellow competitors playing often 20 + tournaments, yet he still dominates in wins and leads the money list.
Does Tiger stay or walk if he is leading the U.S. Open on the back nine when he gets word his wife is going into labor?
My cousin and I got talking over the holiday season about a hypothetical situation that could take place with the birth of his future child. It takes us back to the situation Phil Mickelson was in with the Masters and when his wife was ready to give birth. Phil had a beeper that would inform him of when he needed to withdrawal from the Masters because his baby was on the way. Phil said that he would absolutely withdrawal from the tournament even if he was leading and it was the back nine of the final round. Naysayers of Phil (who claim they know what he is REALLY like off the course) think he would have stayed and finished the tournament.
So this discussion my cousin and I had was about if Tiger was placed in that same situation. 3 shot lead with 9 holes to play and his wife goes into labor, does he stay and finish or does he walk straight off and to the hospital?
I don’t know Tiger personally, but I do NOT see him staying in the tournament. First off, Tiger is very proud of the person he is and I do not see him putting golf above anything that comes to family. He would be off the course in a flash. My cousin, however, kept thinking that with Tiger’s run at history against Jack Nicklaus’s majors, he would probably stay and play to win the tournament. I personally think that is ludicrous.
I will bet my bank account the majority of people would say he walks off the course? How about you?