Monday, August 23, 2010
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren Officially Divorce
Well, this was inevitable. News finally hit the presser on Monday that Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods are divorced. For anyone that has followed this story since Thanksgiving, it seemed the only possible scenario for both parties, and as much as divorce sucks, gives both a chance to go on with their lives without all this baggage.
Tiger's website sent out this statement:
We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future. While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us. Once we came to the decision that our marriage was at an end, the primary focus of our amicable discussions has been to ensure their future well-being. The weeks and months ahead will not be easy for them as we adjust to a new family situation, which is why our privacy must be a principal concern.
I'll take this thing on from both a personal standpoint and a golf standpoint.
First, the personal. Tiger screwed up, as a lot of men do when they get married too young or too immature, and this is the cost that comes with doing so. He cheated, he hurt his wife, and he should be punished, and he will as it seems, financially. While Elin has probably been struggling with this every night for the past nine months, being able to finally sign the papers and get on with life couldn't be better for her. She's pretty, she's rich and now she's single again, with two kids that for all we know seem awesome. In this whole thing, Elin comes out the winner, because she stuck it out and didn't make a huge public deal about it, and as rumors go, will never make a big deal about it. Tiger will forever be known as the famous golfer that cheated on his wife with porn stars and waitresses and basically any female with three holes and a heartbeat. As legacy goes, Tiger will be the amazing golfer that revolutionized the sport, and the husband that was an asshole to his wife.
Now, for golf. Amen. Thank goodness. This is great. Honestly, Tiger needed this to happen for his game, and hopefully he will now be able to leave all this behind on the golf course and actually get back to, you know, winning golf tournaments. It has been a weird year for the sport with Tiger at 70 percent, so having him back to that will be nice.
Okay, hopefully this is the last post I ever have to write about this shit. As far as golf journalism goes, this year seems to have way too much focus on Escalades, fire hydrants and mistresses, and way less focus on people like Matt Kuchar, Amy Mickelson and Kenny Perry. I raise my glass to all that had to spend so much time on this issue, and pray we don't have to revisit it ever again. Oh, and maybe now Rachel Nichols will get some of her vacation time.