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Woods seeks to rekindle career after divorce

AFP/The Local · 25 Aug 2010, 07:26

Published: 25 Aug 2010 07:26 GMT+02:00

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Now that he has resolved his troubled marriage by signing the divorce papers with Nordegren, the golfer's focus is on breaking the downward spiral that has left his golf game in disarray.

Since his return to competitive golf four months ago at The Masters following a blistering sex scandal, Woods has not come close to winning a tournament.

Not only does he have his sights set on making headway in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, he is also trying to earn his way onto the American Ryder Cup team.

Even if he makes the US Ryder Cup team, there are some that think it could become a distraction, especially since the wives and girlfriends seem to have taken on a bigger role in the social aspect of the event.

"Turning up at Celtic Manor could be one of the hardest things Tiger ever does," European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomery wrote in a newspaper column several months ago.

"He will worry about how the wives of the other players will react to him. Some of them will be friends with Elin and they will sympathize with her anger and pain. Some of them might find it hard to welcome Tiger back into the group," he added.

Woods' debacle at the Bridgestone Invitational earlier this month is still fresh in his mind. In what turned out to be the worst performance of his career, Woods finished second last in a tie for 78th. Woods, who had won the event seven times previously, shot 18 over par and finished an embarrassing 30 shots behind winner Hunter Mahan.

This week's tournament in New Jersey will be his 10th this season. He hasn't come close to winning the previous nine events this year with his best finishes being a tie for fourth at the US Open and The Masters.

He missed the cut at the Quail Hollow Championships and although he showed flashes of his old self at the PGA Championship's this month, Woods failed to put four strong rounds together and could only muster a tie for 28th.

That's a far cry from what people are used to seeing from Woods. He has won 14 major championships, including a half dozen during the nearly six years of marriage to the former Swedish model.

His last victory was in Australia in November, two weeks before he smashed his car into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his luxury Florida home, sparking a series of scandalous revelations that he cheated on his wife with a multitude of different women including a porn star, a cocktail waitress and a Las Vegas club manager.

Woods tried unsuccessfully to save his marriage and court documents released on Tuesday showed that golf and divorce proceedings have gone hand in hand.

The couple said in a statement through their lawyers Tuesday that they plan to "share parenting" and promised to work together for their children's happiness. As part of the divorce proceedings, they were both ordered to take parenting classes.

Less than 24 hours before he flew off to play in the British Open, Woods completed a four-hour course in parenting and was awarded a diploma by the American Safety Institute. The two-time British Open winner finished in a tie for 23rd, 13 strokes behind the winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

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Nordegren completed her four-hour parenting programme eight days ago and one day after Woods finished out of the running at the PGA Championship.

On July 4th, Woods and Nordegren signed their marital settlement papers. It was the same weekend Woods took part in the AT&T National, where he failed to break par in a USPGA Tour event for the first time in over a decade.

All this of course is bad news for Woods' legacy and the sport, which is struggling to maintain sponsorship and hold onto marketing deals in a poor economy. The players, while saying they eventually want to see the old Woods back, say there may be a silver lining in all this.

"There's a lot of different guys that's won this year, and there's only a few multiple winners," golfer Dustin Johnson said Tuesday at The Barclays. "And so there's a lot of guys that have played solid all year."

Woods had posted a statement on his website Monday from him and Nordegren confirming the divorce, but the story had been removed by Tuesday and replaced with an article saying the website had won several awards.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:59 August 25, 2010 by JulieLou40
He's a scumbag, & deserves to be alone.
11:59 August 25, 2010 by Radical1
He would have to be if she wants half his money
12:15 August 25, 2010 by misssh
No julielou40 she is a gold digger and he is broke because of it.... didn´t see her contribute apart from opening her legs then planting the seed and last but not least taking a heap of his money

12:57 August 25, 2010 by Jes
Jespa sent this nanny to pick his pocket .

And where are all the racist zombies ?

I was hoping to hear them bleating : "everyone should stay HOME"
13:02 August 25, 2010 by Roy E
It would be good example to others if Woods never recovers. He's a total scumbag, all the worse because he misused and squandered his talent.

And Elin will learn that money can't buy back what she sold out. But at least she has the money. Most stupid girls are not so handsomely rewarded.
15:01 August 25, 2010 by calebian22
How did he squander his talent? He stuck his Johanssen where it didn't belong (Like many other professional athletes), but he doesn't putt with that.

He will soon be back to form. His kind of talent doesn't disappear forever. Being distracted is a condition from which he can recover.
15:23 August 25, 2010 by Syftfel
Sorry Woods! You blew it! The only thing anyone will ever remember is the philandering adulterer that you have been proven to be. Your code of ethics, and behavioral norms, are scraping he bottom of he barrel. After you've finished paying Elin, and her money grabbing attorneys, perhaps you can sell your golf clubs to make a few cents to get by. So long Woods. It was fun while it lasted.
15:51 August 25, 2010 by lili2010
For people who think Elin is GOLD DIGGER!

You must be 'Men'.Why? Because,you have no idea how it is painful to carry babies in the womb and also to give birth. If Elin wanted only his money, the easiest was to marry him but no kids and then divorce then take her share of money then start a new life with her dream prince.Right? Why whould she give birth to TWO babies? Even Tiger himself admitted that it was his fault.I dont understand why people think that Elin designed all this thing!
16:39 August 25, 2010 by misssh

just a small amount of money involved 833 million to be exact

from nanny to lover to wife to mother of his children to divorce

if thats not gold digging i do not know what is

17:27 August 25, 2010 by Skallywag
@lili2010 (well said). I am a man and I agree with your comment

To @misssh@ you are an id!ot. Have you really read the real story. Elin was the one that was dumped on here. She did nothing wrong, other than marry the man. Do you think she planned to get involved in that type of marriage only to see the dollars. I think not.

It is so easy to call somebody a Gold digger from behind your computer screen. Grow up, get a life and if you are grown up, well try and grow up a little more
17:48 August 25, 2010 by misssh

hold on i will get my violin out...... yea yea jump on the "your a idiot wagon" i am not a idiot i can just see right through the blond Swedish nanny or should i say multimillionaire blond Swedish divorcee
20:02 August 25, 2010 by Radical1
@jes your very true about that..jespa and co were all in it together, what i found strange was that in a interview Tiger Woods had around 2005 was actually thanking the press for giving him his private life but why on earth would the press give that to a billionaire. As Jim Carrey says that Elin very much knew Tiger was cheating...how could she possibly not know? she had the press right on her side on this one, Elin made herself look sweet and innocent to the world while Tiger is all salty n guilty. You see what happend to David Beckham when he got close to another girl...BOOM!! in the press in no time. Well if TIger was a trillionaire the press and co would of let Tiger at least sleep with up to 200 girls before deciding to expose him to the world. Sorry Tiger but you had way too much trust with the press, when the press gives you a private life like that with the amount of money your earning they gonna do everything to bring you down so all eyes are on you while the other golfers can still cheat and get away with it.
00:26 August 26, 2010 by mollis
Jerry Jerry Jerry!

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