As I watched the young boy and got to know him, it touched me -- how deeply he was connected to his father, how his father gave the youngster the gift of self-belief, and taught him so many things -- taught him concentration. How to focus on an issue, a problem -- a something-or-other that you need to do, and do perfectly.
Oh boy! Tiger's sex scandal -- his fall from grace -- what a tumble down the mountain -- the story that emerged of his infidelities -- names, photos, phone conversations he had with girlfriends -- all the babes he was sleeping with while maintaining a happy home with a beautiful young wife and their children.
It was in the news for months -- play by play descriptions, revelations from girls who used the media to get their names, their measurements, and sexual talents known.
And then -- oh my -- Tiger in therapy; Tiger admitting to the world on television that he'd done wrong. His apology didn't help him. Specifics may be forgotten but Tiger Wood's wrong doings became wronger, larger, and didn't fade away.
How long has it been -- December 2009 to mid-2013 -- and he's playing golf, fighting to win, with the cloud of suspicion, mistrust, hanging over him.
I saw an old film last night -- Lawrence Oliver and his wife Vivian Lee in "That Hamilton Woman," about the love affair the great Admiral Horatio Nelson had with the wife of an ambassador -- how the world never forgave or forgot, and punished these sinful lovers, who stayed together, demonstrated their love, and ignored society's disapproval.
We've got others who sinned -- the Clintons have stayed together; Ronald Reagan is revered despite the failure of Reaganomics, and Reagan's involvement in the Iran Contra affair is forgotten. And Nixon -- his monumental wrong doings are somehow, also, forgiven.
Hey, we need Tiger Woods. We need the son of a loving father who taught him how to win and keep striving for perfection whether he wins or not. We need to learn from what Tiger did, and even so, be inspired by Tiger, celebrate Tiger Woods as a sports hero.
That's what he is.