Tiger Woods has not had the best experiences over the past couple of years. He lost his family, endorsements, tournaments and even mistresses! Poor Tiger has lost his Golden boy image and many wonder if he will ever be the star that he once was before things went sour. He went from wearing sponsored golf clothes to regular street clothes in the course of the year when his face was splashed across TV and papers in 2009. Since then he has kept of the limelight until recently when he was upset over a racial slur stated by his former caddy, Steve Williams. The response most likely came about concerning regards to the pairs split after reigning over the world of competitive golf for 11 years. Fortunately, Steve and Tiger had a heart to heart at tournament in Australia over the past few days. Williams apologized to his old friend and Woods seems to have accepted and moved on. They stopped playing together when the drama of Tiger's personal life forced him into temporary exile last year.
In other Tiger news, he is currently competing at the Australian Open in Sydney. Two years ago, ranked at number 1, he drew in crowds by the thousands. Today only 250 people have showed up thus far to cheer on the former champion. In fact, the Australian Open was Tiger's last major tournament win before his life fell into shambles. So far, Tiger has been off his game with hits that have been less then amazing when he hit two balls into the water hazard at The Lakes in Sydney. However, he has not lost the aura of a icon as seasoned professionals try not to get overwhelmed by playing the former champion. However, times have changed and Tiger is not the star he was before the scandals broke out. Now he has not won in two years and he is currently ranked 58 out of all the golfers in the world. Only time will tell if he can rise to the top once more.
Despite the hard times of Tiger Woods being splashed all over the news, he has had some bright spots in his life when he recently signed a very lucrative deal with Rolex in October. The luxury brand of watches claims that Tiger's career is far from over. Rolex states, " (Tiger) has all the qualities required to continue to mark the history of golf." It looks like being in the bottom 100 in the world still has not hurt Tiger's ability to bring in the endorsements. He lost many after his 2009 sex scandal broke out between his then wife Elin Nordegren. Since his departure from golf for the better part of a year, Tiger was able to focus on himself. Now that he is back in competition and signing endorsements, it is only a matter of time before Tiger Woods shows the world what a true champion looks like as he begins his climb to number one once more.