Tiger Woods had, at least for him, an unusually rough 2010. He lost his wife, endorsement deals, his #1 ranking and every tournament that he entered.
There was still a blessing in his stormy year, or should I say millions of them. Even though he struggled personally and professionally, the checkbook remained unfazed. Tiger was the highest paid athlete of 2010, $105M, and was ranked fourth among all male entertainers.
The money was there in 2010, but the golf game was MIA. Tiger hasn’t won a golf tournament since September of 2009, the BMW Championship. Here we are 16 months later wondering if the world’s best golfer will return to his pre-divorce form.
What can break him out of his funk? More practice, a new golf season, or have we seen the best of Tiger? I don’t know what Woods’ future holds, but for all golf players, fans and executives we need him to succeed.
Tiger will start the 2011 season on January 27 at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods has 71 PGA Tour victories and 16 majors.