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May 11th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

What can rest of us learn from Tiger Woods?

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Tiger Woods lines up his putt on the second green during the final round of The Players Championship Sunday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Tiger Woods is no longer just about golf, regardless of what he says. His swing coach, Hank Haney, quit. Says he wants to move on. Woods won a third of the tournaments he entered and more than $51 million while Haney was his coach.

Nobody walks away from that kind of success unless he sees something the rest of us are beginning to.

Since Woods' so-called comeback, he has been less than stellar. Fourth at the Masters, missed the cut at Quail Hollow after shooting a second round 79 and quit in the middle of the fourth round of the Players Championship. Said he had a disc problem in his neck that had been bothering him since before the Masters.

But last Friday when he was asked about his health, he told a reporter he was 100 percent.

Like the details surrounding the Thanksgiving crash of his SUV, something is missing. And now the man who coached one of the greatest swings golf has ever seen, Hank Haney, is also missing. And suddenly Woods is noncommittal about playing in the U.S. Open in June.

When he was in rehab, he was forced to admit a lot of things that probably made him uncomfortable.

But when he returned to golf, the bravado was still there. The arrogance and impatience were still there. You could see him trying to mask it, but it was still there.

What was missing was the golf game. Granted when you're blessed with the kind of ability Tiger Woods has, it's probably too soon to count him out.

But there are growing signs Tiger Woods is a very long way from coming to terms with himself and his demons. And until he's able to do that, it's going to be a struggle.

I know. I have been there.

Here’s my question to you: What can the rest of us learn from Tiger Woods?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

David writes:
It's really easy, Jack. He's so busy trying to win back endorsements, put on the "humbled" face for the media, and avoid further humiliation that frankly he isn't focused on the game. Behind the scenes he's probably explosive to anyone around him and I'd imagine that's why Haney left. We expected some breakthrough – that after rehab maybe he'd be even better than he was. Let's face it: he's a human being who is not infallible. He'll be back, but the scars are going to show.

Audrey writes:
You can learn that if you are a non-white person, you are held to a higher standard. You have your soul-mate Argentina visiting governor, your Louisiana politician whore house visitor, your call girl governor of New York, your having a love baby wannabe presidential candidate, your parents paying off the mistress in Nevada and none of these received the media tear-down that Tiger Woods got and he is only playing a "sport" – it's not likely that he has your economic and social welfare at stake.

Eddy writes:
At this point, Woods is a walking textbook of what not to do and how not to act. I don't believe for a minute he has conquered his "demons" because his arrogance is too great. There is no humility in this man and no joy (on or off the course). He seems ruled by control and compulsions, never a good combination.

Greg writes:
He's done. If there was ever a sport where one negative emotion or fear can mushroom-cloud into physical inabilities, it's golf. Every time he puts a tee in the ground or lines up a putt, Tiger knows the eyeballs and cameras are on him...but for much different reasons than they were for the previous 30 years. He enjoyed the pressure and the stares when he was a young phenom shocking the golf world. Now the attention is much more negative

Mike in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania writes:
Jack, Watching Tiger disgrace himself reminds me of an interview with a mega-lottery winner who said, "Giving a few hundred million dollars to a morally weak person is like pouring miracle grow on weeds."


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  1. Dave Reynolds

    Superstars are products created by the media. He is nothing more than a brand to his sponsors, who care very little about him as a person. But he is a person, just like the rest of us, and as such has faults. He is a great golfer, not a great husband. He can probably get better as a husband with a little more practice.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  2. Thom Richer

    Get a real life. Keep your feet on the ground. Remember, you are no better or greater than anyone. Morality is not passe. Actions have consequences. Money isn't everything. Honesty is till the best policy. Think of others before yourself. GROW UP!

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    May 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  3. Linda in Los Angeles

    What has been re-enforced to me is that who you are personally and who you are professionally can not be separated. One spills over into the other ... eventually. If you do not keep ego and general selfishness in check, you can back-slide into the muck, as so many celebrities have done. If you have a good solid moral, ethical and giving background / character, not only will your private and professional life succeed, but that light of character will spill over onto all you come into contact with. If you do not have good morals, ethics and character, your life and the lives of those around you eventually become a living hell.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  4. Rod J

    Lee Westwood said it best when asked about Tiger this weekend, form is temporary, class is permanent.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  5. Wendy Seaman

    Life brings us problems to face and address, regardless of our extreme talent and fame.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  6. Oleg from Foster City, CA

    What we can learn is that women walk away from guys who are upfront about their mistakes and sincere in trying to change but stick around with smooth talking liars like Bill "I didn't have sex with this woman" Clinton. As for golf, may all of us do our jobs better than all but 3 best pros in the country right after going through so much turmoil.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  7. A. Urquidez

    Come on! What can we learn? We can learn he is not a role model and he never should have been. He is lying, cheating, philanderer. If there are parents out there worrying about what effect this has on their children, they can learn that they (parents) and family should serve as role models, not egotistical millionaire athletes.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  8. Scott Stodden

    More importantly than anything else we can learn to treat our partners with dignity and respect and not cheat on the person we're supposed to be in love with! I used to admire Tiger Woods and its a shame that all of this infidelity happened because he had a wife who truly loved and appreciated him not for what he has but just quite simply for who he is! In my opinion Tiger Woods AKA Cheetah got exactly, exactly what he deserved! Quite honestly the only ones I feel bad for is Elin and his kids, this is an embarressment to his wife and kids!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    May 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  9. Cali St. John

    When performers are placed on such a stellar pedestal as if they were Gods, few survive–Elvis, Michael Jackson, Janis, Cobain, Pete Rose, OJ, and countless others. Why are we so bothered when our heroes turn out to be human?

    May 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  10. Donaldo in ATL

    Saw Tiger @ The Masters. He did not look like he was having fun.
    The question is not what can we learn from him, but what he can learn from others eg. his fellow athletes Humility, an appreciation for the talents God gave you, how to share this with others and to give back. Tiger must not forget from which he came, he learned how to play golf but needs how to "live" in a world full of individuals not unlike him. Share your success with others, cause it may not be for long.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  11. Josh Dubin

    To quote sage Yogi Berra : Baseball is 90% mental, the the other half is physical". As true today as an old Greek tragedy, excess pride and hubris are just inviting the gods to bring you down. Tiger as a talented prodigy was all about golf and never had a chance since he was a toddler to be "normal". His superhuman "game face" proved to be all too human underneath. The human animal is like any closed system: put too much pressure on any part and something's got to blow. Of course it's easy for us "mortals" to say but all of us still have to find a balance between work and play, and struggle to do that. Tiger's tragedy and continuing hurdles are our own magnified 1000x. Again the mark of greatness is not what a man accomplishes but what he overcomes to accomplish it.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  12. Alex Vine

    We can learn that when someone is totally one dimensional, and I mean totally in caps, bold face and underlined, and you take that dimension away, you have nothing left. His father Earl didn't do him any favors by starting him out before he was even 2 years old. From that time forward he had nothing but golf and the adulation that comes with success in that sport. Without that he's nothing. He not only knows that, he seems to not be able to deal with it.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  13. Dave in Oregon

    Hopefully we can learn, and teach our children, that fame and wealth do not equal charactor and dignity.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  14. swschrad

    for one thing, even if you're lying to everybody else, stop lying to yourself. people who lie to themselves fail. governments like the old soviet union that lie to themselves, surprise, fail. get used to telling the truth and work with what you find afterwards.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  15. Brian Osburn

    Tiger has been exposed as a fully self-centered man. His behavior on the course has always been poor, punctuated by moments of shocking profanity. Formative children looked to him as a role model for excellence, but he would 9 times out of 10 pass them by without a word when they would seek his autograph at an event. When he was outed as a womanizing adulterer, it should really have come at no surprise. He ultimately betrayed those closest to him with a smugness that seems as if he cared for his own family as much as he did for the kids he would ignore who sought his autograph. Personally, I do not want him touching Jack Nicklaus' records. Tiger Woods is a cheater. And though his misdeeds were mostly off the course, golf's honor and tradition has a long arm and it's reaching out right now to smack him, but good.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  16. rocky krokus

    There's nothng to learn from Tiger. Why should we? He's just a marketing tool for corporate advertising. I was really sickened listening to Golf channel talking heads talk more about Tiger than they did about Tim Clarkes win at the Players. Who freaking cares about Tiger other than other millionaires and corporate executives loosing money on ratings.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  17. Katy Hill

    Bad KARMA..,.it will get you in the end

    May 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  18. Georgia from Pennsylvania

    It shows that when people think they are above everyone and everything- marriage, fidelity, truth and humility God always has a way to take you down a few pegs- in Tiger's case more than just a few.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  19. RAMON MADERA

    Tiger will have to find peace in the inside in order to be successful on the outside. Meanwhile, he will be a lost person in paradise. Golf as any other sport requires a lot of concentration and he is lacking that at this point. I recommend him to do some kind of spiritual retreats maybe in India in order to search deep in his soul for peace and forgiveness. Good Look Tiger and remember that above all we are human looking for happiness in our live.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  20. Darrell

    That Tiger Woods is exactly the same as Paris Hilton. Just another wanna be celebrity. Too bad the news eats this crap up.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  21. Jim LeBow

    No one is perfect. If you make a choice that is wrong, own it and start the process of correcting. Know full well there will be relapses, but hard work and committment seem to go hand in hand. He certainly has shown those qualities in the past.

    Jim
    Kansas City, MO

    May 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  22. Ralph Spyer

    How to play Golf. that all

    May 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  23. Adam Goldstein, MD

    We taught our children in Kindergarten that the values of honesty, teamwork, humility, and genuine repentance lead to respect and love. Tiger teaches us that that some children, no matter their age, have not learn those basic lessons, and they, like TIger, need remediation. In Tiger's case, it is not about golf. For your own sake, take off more time, much more.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  24. Darren

    We can learn that no matter what we convince ourselves of, we still have our actions as proof. Fortunately, the cameras following him around give him the opportunity to self asess, an opportunity he surely will miss out on.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  25. Janet/Houston

    I am fed up with hearing about Tiger Woods' indiscretions, etc., etc.

    It's a tragic situation for his family. Beyond that, it's not our business.

    To paraphrase a response attributed to John Wayne when new media was making derogatory remarks about a costar:

    He's a public figure, not public property.
    -----------------–
    Media: Find something else to do.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  26. Glenn H

    How about we all just move on from ever trying to idolize anyone as a result of celebrity status? Men and women are not perfect and Tiger is no different from the rest of us in that regard. I enjoy seeing him play golf and that is where it ends for me. Heck, many of us would not know how to react if we were in his shoes. Let's move on Jack!

    May 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  27. Jay

    How to play golf real well.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  28. Brandon

    Really, Jack? What can we learn from Tiger Woods? I guess you've been pretty good at keeping Palin out of your blog, so I'll give you that...

    If anyone is learning anything from Tiger Woods aside from swing technique (that's golf swing...), they probably have bigger things to worry about.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  29. Scott Wenger

    What we learn from Tiger is perhaps not about golf but rather about religion. Tiger is entitled to great praise for every tournament he won ... but was never worthy of worship. Tiger might even be to golf what Christ was to religion; brilliant, thought provoking, yet imperfect in the sense that BOTH were human. Lest we think we enjoy pulling our icons down to our level, let's instead imagine that it's about assessing the potential to pull ourselves up to theirs. A reminder that maybe we can, because they can and did. Demons, and all.

    Scott
    Miami Beach, FL

    May 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  30. Larry B. Oklahoma

    Jack,
    We all need to remember that their is a price to be paid for everything we do, so read the price tag before you indulge! The price he is paying is far greater than the millions he has earned, Tiger has lost his pride and he may never get it back. I hope not. I hope he can learn from this and be a far better person for his wife, kids, himself and golf.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  31. Aubrey

    We can learn that we shouldn't be afraid to break the status quo. Tiger Woods has had the courage and the talent to star in the game of golf. This is not something that is easily done.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  32. Jeff in Minnesota

    Let's face it, it just sucks to be Tiger. His personal life is pretty much a shambles and is not likely to get any better for some time. He is hoping to turn himself around by focusing on his professional life, but he is finding out that things don't always work out that way. Tiger had a long way to fall and in some ways he is still falling. He tried to force a bottoming out with his speech and the Masters, but all that did was just suspend his fall for a bit. Until he reaches the real bottom, he will not be able to look forward and upward.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  33. Dave Behrens

    All at once the emporer has no clothes!

    May 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  34. NHG, CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

    Tiger has been lying for so long the truth is something he is having a hard time dealing with. He is not addicted to sex, he was just a man who felt impowered by his money and his fame to do whatever he wanted,thinking he would never get caught. He probably thought a lot of athletes get away with this, why not me? Well, I guess he found out why not him. You do not pretend to be a role model, great husband and father and then drop everyone on their heads. Yes, he is a great golfer, but he is not a great person. So what everyone should learn from him is be true to yourself, quit trying to be so many things to so many people cause when you get busted lying to them, you really leave yourself in a sad,sad situation. He has tarnished his own name in the history books of golf.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  35. lou/michigan

    you either follow your moral compass, or not. we all are tempted at sometime; its how we deal with it that matters. ultimately, it comes down to being true to yourself. if you can live with deceit, that's sad. tiger had opportunities for forgiveness, but didn't seem contrite. he's got a lot of wood to chop.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  36. ray

    I think we can learn that actions or causes have consequences and effects, and that we must look at the long term pain & hurt associated with temporary fulfillment. It's difficult but we continually try to SACRIFICE shallow joys so we can hold on to true happiness in our lives. Happiness requires sacrifice.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  37. Mary

    I have been a huge fan of Tiger's for years, praying and crossing my fingers to help him do well. But since this scandal broke, I am seeing Tiger in a different light. I watch him when he plays but my heart is not in it. Plus watching his behavior and bad play now is akin to watching him commit a very slow, painful suicide in public. I would like to see Tiger retire and just design golf courses for the rest of his life. That way he would remain a distinguished figure in the annals of golf. But if continues on as he has been since this year's masters I feel he will end by losing his entire fan base and his rightful place in history.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  38. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Not much Jack. What Woods did a lot of people do. It is all about free choice. We are all free to chose right from wrong. That includes the very wealthy and the very poor. Had Woods divorced his wife first he would have been considered a play boy. Instead he is now classified as a low life cheat.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  39. Ted

    "Absolutely Nothing"

    May 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  40. Rhonda in Dallas,Texas

    Nothing!

    May 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  41. John from San Antonio

    Don't become too comfortable with yourself, remember we are all human and as such must remain vigilant to our actions.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  42. Judy

    What 's so unique about Tiger's behavoir? What he did is done by ordinary men every minute every day everywhere. If you need a lesson from his particular case it's keep your eye on the ball because no amount of fame or money can protect you from the consequences of your actions.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  43. lacarol

    What we can learn from this is the media will destroy you.. Even though he has made a lot of corporations big money.. When his game is back on top the corps will run back

    Trenton NJ

    May 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  44. Jerry

    From Snyder, TX

    As a golfer I happen to understand how much of the game is mental.

    He will never be the same unless he can mentally get back in the game.

    That may take a while.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  45. Henrietta

    Tiger needs a much-deserved break to relax and learn to live life. This is going to take years!!! He will eventually come back to the game, but now is not the time. For now, he should give up the game, give up the life style, give up the stardom, and learn to be a normal human being. Only when he leaves this rat race will he be able to play the game of golf.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  46. Wendyful

    Humility.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  47. Ali

    we can learn to admit honestly when we make a mistake like the one he did, and not try to blame it on an addiction of any sort, and then pretend that we're going to rehab to get 'cured'.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  48. Karen

    Perhaps we should learn to choose our watches, automobiles, drinks, and so on based on the merits of the products, rather than who is plugging them at any given moment.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  49. T. Foster

    Maybe Hank quit because he thought he was being throw under the bus. There has been much said about Tiger's swing and some of that criticism was directed at his swing coach. It is obvious Tiger's health issues have affected his swing, but he left his swing coach swinging in the breeze to take the criticism. Tiger should have admitted his back or neck was affecting his swing and thus stood up for his coach. I don't blame Hank for leaving...

    May 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  50. Ron - Portland, OR

    Physical talent without self confidence will not prevail in professional sports. When / if he gets back that "you can't touch me" belief, he will again be the Tiger Woods that we are used to in pro golf.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  51. Ron Gonzalez

    What have we learned from Tiger?

    Nothing, for we should already know

    That lies and secrets bring only pain
    That pride and bravado are outmatched by humbleness and humility
    That money can't buy you love and you reap what you sow
    That nobody judges us more harshly than ourselves
    That life goes on... and not everyone survives
    That having everything does not mean you appreciate it – or get to keep it
    That unappreciated gifts will be lost... often forever

    I wish him and his family well. Katy, Texas

    May 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  52. Kathie

    we all are human beings and as a result prone to making mistakes. I have no right to judge Tiger Woods or any other celebrity that the news media makes into a poster child for this or that. celebrities, like the rest of us, face many temptations and rewarding the prostitutes (inmy opinion) who cashed in on their family recking sets a pathetic example for all.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  53. Robert Emery

    Don't get caught. If you do, don;t drive.

    Bob Emery El Centro, CA

    May 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  54. Michelle Mitchell

    I think that Tiger needs to take a real sabatical from golf and work on his personal issues. A 6-month to 1-year time off is what I think he needs. The gossip rags have him headed for divorce and fighting to have some custody of his kids. He needs to take time off to put prioritize what is truly important to him.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  55. Nancy J Smith

    What we can all learn from Tiger is how difficult it can be sometimes to hold onto our humanity and how very difficult it can be to get it back. We can learn that what matters here is that Tiger Woods truly be in recovery whether or not he ever swings a golf club again. The recovery process is more important than anything in his life. If he is on that journey, he may well have many other important, enjoyable and amazing people, events and accomplishments in his life eventually. What we could learn from that Tiger is priceless.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  56. James Murray

    That if you're going to cheat on your wife, don't be famous and don't leave any technology or paper trails. (Hard to do in this day and age.) Better yet, get a divorce first or don't get married at all and just be George Clooney. Then you can be a shameless womanizer and no one will care. It certainly hasn't hurt Clooney or John Mayer's career.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  57. Doug Newman

    It takes a long time to reach the top in anything! But it only takes a few mistakes in the choses we make and a very short time to be back at the bottom again.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  58. Jeff

    We can learn that our life really is a tapestry of our decisions, experiences, attitude and effort. And no matter how hard we might try to keep the different aspects of our lives separated and compartmentalized, once one part of our existence begins to unravel; its not long before the rest of our life does as well.

    Most likely, Tiger is learning that he won't be comfortable with his golf swing until he is comfortable with where he has been forced to place the other pieces of his life as he painstakingly puts them all back together. It probably won't feel right until the rest of his life feels right again.

    Round Rock, TX

    May 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  59. Matt

    The bottom line is Tiger Woods WILL BE BACK. If you count this guy out you are absolutely crazy. Tiger will win a major this year and when he does I think he will give the middle finger to the entire world that doubted him, atleast he should.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  60. Steve

    There is one very simple lesson. Don't get married. Ever.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  61. Doug - Dallas

    The biggest thing we all can learn is Tiger Woods is just a man. Incredibly talented, but still just a man and he has to learn that also. He puts his pants on one leg at a time and deals with temptations most men cannot even imagine. It all boils down to what he wants; a lot of money and a string of women or a lot of money and a great wife and kids to grow old with. He'll figure it out and make his choice and then y-all can write about it, dissect it and offer your opinions but his life will go on.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  62. James T

    All the basics apparently. Money and being at the top of your game (literally) wont buy you health, happiness or a foundation to base your life on. Despite what critics say, given a few years to straighten out his life and build up some momentum he could very likely be reborn better than ever. Many people have come back from far worse.

    Oregon

    May 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  63. Ryan the OC in Portland, OR

    The only thing that media loves more than a rising star to prop up is a scandal that will tear that same individual down.

    Love yourself, be honest with yourself and treat those you care for with respect. Otherwise, you are just another boom and bust.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  64. John K

    Tiger is suffering from a condition that I would call Terminal Uniqueness, the world revolves around him and everything is all about him. We can learn that we are all human and subject to all human frailties. He has learned that after all, he's just a man, a lucky one blessed with an incredible talent.

    Cushing, Oklahoma

    May 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  65. Joe C from CT

    That's easy Jack: Money and fame are no guarantee for happiness.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  66. Doug Newman

    It takes a long time to reach the top in anything! But it only takes a few mistakes in the choses we make and a very short time to be back at the bottom again.

    Ringgold GA

    May 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  67. Frances

    Jack, this is too easy! I won't go with the obvious answer, but it comes down to this, on all counts: Treat people decently. Whether it's your wife, your kids or the people where you work - treat them with respect and your life will be a whole lot easier.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  68. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    I've been there to Jack. Alcohol, drugs, infedility. What can we learn from Tiger? Nothing. People who really want to change must do a lot of hard work, most on their own, and with some help from those who have been there. After watching Tiger's speech a few weeks ago I expected more from him. He said all the right words and he seemed sincere. I have not seen his words put into action. Like the three frogs sitting on a log. One said, "I think I'll jump in the water." How many frogs remained? Still three. The frog never took action.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  69. Drew

    We can learn that the biggest winners are often the biggest jerks. We can learn how differently the famous are treated by the police. And we can realize how hard the Mighty can fall......

    May 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  70. Ward Peck

    The ability to excel at something better than almost everyone does not over-ride the fact that each of us are subject to all aspects of being human; and, that any given superhuman ability does not transfer over to all the other requirements of being human.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  71. Jim

    Jack,

    What can we learn? When you're king of the hill, it's a long fall to the bottom. And a long tough climb back to the top.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    May 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  72. nazario a. gonzales

    Pride comes before the fall and the higher one is the greater the fall. When he hits bottom, his true character will be revealed.

    Los Gatos, CA

    May 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  73. Sean from Cleveland

    Humility and happiness go hand in hand. Success and fame are relative to the way that you carry yourself. I believe we can all learn to appreciate the value of honesty a bit more after seeing how the lack of honesty can fuel such a downward spiral.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  74. John, Minneapolis

    What is there to learn? It isn't about comming to terms with himself or his demons. It's about values learned at an early age. A person who has learned and practices those values usually make the correct choices in life.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  75. CNNreader

    The truth is painful and ugly, but it will also set you free. A simple concept that is a hard pill to swallow.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  76. Linda Eichblatt

    What can we learn from Tiger? Perhaps that early prodigies burn out early because they never feel they truly deserve their fame and fortune. They hit a self-destruct button at some point in their adulthood. And perhaps we can learn, as Bill Clinton says he learned, not to do hurtful things to your wife "just because you can."

    Linda in Amarillo, TX

    May 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  77. P. Martin

    I agree we may be a long way from seeing Tiger in the golf form he was prior to all this personal tragedy. My advise to him, as strange as it may sound, is that he needs to find a way to forgive himself. As a Christian, I know I can be forgiven for my sins; I hope, for Tiger's sake, the Buddhist faith has a path to personal forgiveness.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  78. Cindy Kocks fromn Austin texas

    Until an individual is truly sorry for his behavior, no change will come about. Words are cheap. It's obvious that Tiger is yet once again putting on a show. . The fact that his game is suffering will probably be the ony reason he will do some more soul searching. Forget the wife and kids, his game and image are more important to him than they are.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  79. David Miller

    Vancouver Canada
    One of Tiger's greatest strenghts was his abiiity to concentrate ,to be in the moment and to block out distractions. In short he was an expert at compartmentalising things in his life. He was able to lead a double life full of lies and deciet because of this. When he began therapy the walls come down ,the barriers that had been errected to keep things separate are now part of the problem instead of the solution. As these barriers continue to come down his ability to concentrate will suffer. I think that Tigers growth as a human will interfear with his golf game. For his sake and his childrens I hope that he continues to open himself up what ever the cost to his golf game is. The lesson for us all is that living a lie ,whatever that lie is sooner or later takes it's toll.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  80. ND Independent

    Don't get caught.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  81. Jeremy D

    from Traverse City, Michigan.

    1. No one is perfect.
    2. Power and money corrupt anyone.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  82. DERASA

    That we need to make more money.

    May 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  83. David A Whitaker

    Jack we can learn that we'll make mistakes, but the most important own up to it an learn from the mistakes. Jack it took me over 50 years to understand this, that I am only human nothing more.

    David

    Martinsburg, WV

    May 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  84. steve- virginia beach

    We can learn that there are a lot of folks who think that celebrity's personal lives are any of our business, a lot of folks who haven't taught their children that people they don't know aren't appropriate role models, and that there are a lot of media outlets that will report anything for sales and ratings.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  85. Paul from Chicago

    I don't care who you are...if one's personal life is in shambles created by them then it is impossible to concentrate fully on work, especially at a level required by a professional athlete. He has a lot of personal work to accomplish before he can even begin to think about returning to his former golf status. That has to be tremendous pressure for him knowing that he is responsible for destroying his and his family's life.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  86. Stanton

    Whether a person is a CEO of a major corporation, a shining sports star, a Catholic priest, or a "pillar" of the community and is visible to the world, or a large portion of it, one better come to terms with any demons that lurk within, because if one doesn't, the media, or others watching closely, will discover those demons and report it to the admiring audience that has been so supportive.

    Once that happens, recovery becomes a monumental task. Tiger Woods failed miserably in dealing with what he should have known would one day be his undoing. So, now he is "undone."

    I know it is a very old, and some might say a trite expression, but what goes around, comes around.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  87. Jack Nordquist

    We can learn two things:

    1. It is possible to have lots of talent and determination and play golf better than everyone else.

    2. Some people behave badly – some much worse than others.

    That's ALL there is to "learn" from Tiger Woods story. Find a significant topic.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  88. Mike

    Karma will always come back and kick you in the backside. Liars and cheaters are normally exposed and it is not worth it in the long run. I'm hoping he goes away quickly and quietly and the game culitvates some of the young and rising stars – those that have class and are true gentlemen.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  89. Aaron

    Hubris. The Greeks named it, wrote about it and most of all feared it. Crossing religions, etnic cultures and geography it is part of the human condition. When you start to believe the PR it's the beginning of the end. Even the Romans had a slave riding in the chariot of a returning conquering hero reminding him that he was mortal as he entered Rome to wild applause. Maybe all celebrities ought to consider hiring a voice to remind them of their mortality.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  90. Ken in NC

    The lesson to be learned is that we are generally the last one to learn and accept the truth about ourselves and men need to learn that the secret about “one woman being more than enough” is true.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  91. Larry Watrous

    We learn that Cheaters Never Prosper, and that a Guilty Conscience Needs No Accuser. He rightfully feels badly, and of course that affects his game.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  92. Jon

    Jon – San Diego. I don't know how much we can learn from a habitual liar. Think how many lies he must have told his poor wife, while having sex affairs with at least 20 (and perhaps as many as 120 other women.)
    I don't think we can believe much of anything he says. A narcissistic sociopath is not a person from whom we can learn much of anything.
    They believe that they are the "center of the Earth", and can do no
    wrong. Everything bad that happens to them is always somebody else's fault. I think that Hank Haney finally has seen the light on this guy. As did Butch Harmon and many others. Although he continues to be touted by the Golf Channel (because he made them a lot of money in their advertising, etc.), they too need to step back from him and his badly tainted image. Let him flounder alone for a while.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  93. harvey nagelberg,

    None of us are invulnerable.
    While most of us will never get anywhere near the adulation and success of Tiger, we are all prone to self delusion on a smaller scale.Although, it;s tough we all need to keep it real.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  94. Jason, Koloa HI

    The blaringly obvious, Jack, that money can't buy you happiness. The Beatles said "money can't buy you love" either. It can buy you sex, but that does not guarantee happiness or love, despite the fact that every boy in our society is conditioned directly or indirectly to believe that lots of sex will make them happy. It reminds me of the line from the Rush Song "Subdivisions", "Some will Sell their dreams for small desires". It seems thats what Tiger has done, he's sold his dream for cheap.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  95. Judy from Canada

    Hey Jack...did you ever think that maybe he has already replaced Hank with a new coach, I do!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  96. Will (Lexington, KY)

    Jack,

    We are all human and Tiger must learn this.

    Thanks,
    Will

    May 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  97. richard maury

    how not to be disingenuous with the mother of your children

    May 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  98. Stewart in OR

    We can learn the need for balance in our lives – no one can burn white hot indefinitely. There are price tags for everything, and the man is paying some dues. The list of celebrities that have fallen from grace is long and is endless. Now, back to my obscure, wonderful life.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  99. Donna Fote

    Whether it be your private inner circle or the public arena, when your true life values come out to those around you, & the values are sleezy, pathetic, selfish, deceitful, dangerous, & twisted for many years, then it is difficult to perform well in any light.

    Tiger was not being praised & patted on the back as an indecent man all these years. He was perceived as an upstanding person & golfer, & even looked up to for that. Now that the truth of what his values really are have emerged, Tiger can no longer fake the man with the good values & concentrate on the game.

    HIs problem & dilemma are bigger than he is.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  100. Dial from SoCal

    Character matters! If we don't learn it from our family we have to learn it the hard way. Right now, Tiger has lost everything–I think he needs to be on suicide watch.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  101. Dan

    The lesson is an old, tried and true: When one starts believing the press and publicity of their success to the extent that they put themselves before and above others they are doomed to failure, personally, professionally or both.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  102. walker jax

    amazing...that picture speaks volumes...doesn't look in pain to me....but then if he was winning and not getting the thumbs down sign.....i bet he would have finished.

    Tiger take some time and go heal thyself!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  103. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    I guess that when we face any demons it does change us as a person and we cannot expect to remain ever the same when facing demons but we rather chose to welcome rediscovering one self-worthiness in being a changed person! Which is why judgment of others serves nobody as judging is also a form of demonizing people! We can learn from ourselves and from others without having to always being judge or always judging others! I guess in some ways "being a judge" in a nation of law should also mean having to learn about the other person in front of us as the person is being judge by us and according to the law! So, I guess a judgment from the law ought to be enough than all the judgment from all people...funny how your two questions kind of connect together!🙂 Take great care Jack!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  104. Michael in MD

    That no single dimension of life is ultimately separate from the others.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  105. Abby Normal

    What not to do!!!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  106. Steve

    I have learned not to behave like Tiger Woods.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  107. Tony

    It's hard to do your job when everyone is in your business.
    Go Tiger!!!!!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  108. mitch

    never leave your cell phone lying around unattended

    May 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  109. amy

    Jack what I have learned is two things; 1.be thankful for what you have. 2.the green is not the much greener on the other side.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  110. urantiadecoded

    We're Talking about forgiveness Jack, forgiveness for a person who is hurting and repentant? Can we just forgive Tiger?

    May 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  111. Michael

    What can we learn from Tiger? We can learn that the highs never stay high and the lows never stay low. Irrespective where one is on the ride of life, up or down, it will change.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  112. Ed from Montana

    Jack, I guess we learn that those of us that never got on a pedestal are lucky because when we fell, it wasn't far, it didn't hurt much, and it was pretty easy to get up and go on. You can have your fame and fortune, I'll take my simple and happy life any day.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  113. Faye Daniels

    "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." – - Mark Twain

    May 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  114. Lynne Engberg

    What can we learn from Tiger Woods? That people aren't too big to fail, either.

    Lynne
    Sterling, VA

    May 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  115. Angela Savage Austin

    What we all can learn from Tiger Woods is that healing will take time just as it took time for Tiger to lose himself by the choices he made. I ask you Jace ...why don't you offer your wisdom to this young man since you stated ..."I know because I been there". God Bless you Jack if you choose to do so.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  116. ArunJ

    In life, you have to pay for your mistakes that you make. Higher the mistake higher will be your payments. But the point is learning from your mistakes and move forward with new perspectives in your life.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  117. george

    That we're all human
    Denver, Co

    May 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  118. amy

    We have learned two things; first be greatful for what you do have, second the grass isn't greener on the other side.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  119. John, Henderson, NV

    Something is definitely wrong here. Tiger Woods has become golf's version of Brett Favre. He isn't happy unless he is in the limelight. I don't believe for a minute that there is anything physically wrong with him. He just figured that because he was not going to win the tournament he could just quit. That is what he has become – a quitter – and that's very sad.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  120. Maurice

    Well Jack, we can learn it's tough to be caught in the eye of the tiger. At least that's what Hank Haney thought.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  121. Ester

    What can we learn from Tiger? if in his situation, don't keep any clubs hanging around.
    Ester

    May 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  122. L. Lee Hymn

    What's to learn? He is human like the rest of us. . .but HE needs to learn that he is just human too. He, like many other celebrities, think they are above all the laws and morality that all of US need to live our lives by.

    If he really wants to change then he will move forward, but he has been in his OWN world with HIS own rules that he is stubborn. HE is the only one holding himself back.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  123. Carlos

    Goes to show how fragile human existence is. Shows me I must take care of my inner self and be aware of others' as well.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  124. nancy hanna

    Never, never believe you are entitled!! He needs to a bit more humble, considering it's people like me who watch and pay to see him play...

    May 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  125. Zoe, Seattle, WA

    Jack,
    I think we all need to realize that all this came perhaps because of his silence, if only he had not taken too long to confront his fans, It could not have been a big deal after all.

    Zoe
    Seattle, WA

    May 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  126. Chris Wilson

    None of us can learn anything from that man. He is a bigger phony than a cellphone from the 80's. He should take his coach's leave as a blessing, and take the time off, trying to become a good person.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  127. glenn

    We can learn that tiger woods is human.That he has problems just like us.
    that he is a creature of habit and when you don't practice your game is not tight.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  128. Jon

    I'm not a God fearing man, but Tiger's story reminds me of the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. What's to be learned from Tiger? Don't let anyone know the secret of your power. Chicago, IL

    May 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  129. Linda Davis-Swink

    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

    May 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  130. Robert in Seattle

    That there is absolutely NO reason for a Man to marry.....

    especially without a PRENUP!!!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  131. Jafsie - Ontario

    My spouse and I got married twenty years ago. We have made a home that we love, taken some wonderful vacations, supported each other through ups and downs including catastrophic health crises and the deaths of our parents, and also given up some things we might have wanted in order to save for our son's future. At every step of the way, we have been mindful of our marriage vows and tried to dedicate ourselves to unselfish support of each other's dreams and goals, as well as being the best people we can be. I have a wonderful marriage, and I'd do it all over again without a moment's hesitation.
    What can the rest of us learn from Tiger Woods?
    Wrong question, Jack. The right question is, what could Tiger Woods learn from the rest of us?

    May 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  132. Theresa myslicki

    If you HAVE been there, maybe you should be empathetic. You don't "come back" in a specific time frame.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  133. Jean from Oklahoma

    We should learn that one is never too big to fall and that women can make or break you.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  134. Chris from NY

    Recovery takes time Jack. Give him time and he will recover.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  135. Linda Davis-Swink

    Tiger Woods is an example of power. We al know that power corrupts

    May 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  136. Roger

    Learn from Tiger Woods? Learn from Tiger Woods? Is this a trick question? Golf, of course!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  137. Christopher Rodriguez

    Simple, don't pretend to be something your not. Don't try to sell yourself as the perfect role model because it will come down on you one day.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  138. Joe Hayes from Missouri

    Nobody likes a crybaby. Back injuries, tendonitis, knee problems and neck problems plaque a lot of professional golfers. Most of them just suck it up and play. They don't want to lose their rankings or the generous paychecks. Tiger is no exception. He plays hurt just like the rest of them. Anyone that has had a neck injury outside of breaking or cracking a disc will tell you that it's just something you have to live with. If Tiger had claimed the injury after rehab everyone would have said "it's just an excuse." As I get up in years I can sympathize with him because I've had these injuries since my youth but I still go to work everyday and don't complain until it gets unbearable. But then again, I don't have anyone to answer to. He's tough.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  139. Paolo (California)

    Tiger who? If anything, anyone should learn to look at him/herself first, ... then look again at him/herself, then may be look at him/herself again ...
    Try winning as much as he did, then start judgiing, till then, shut up.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  140. James in SD

    Jack,
    What is there to learn from Tiger, Nothing. I don't golf and I am not a philanderer.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  141. Ed Hailio

    The only thing one can learn from tiger Woods is how to be a liar, cheat or a back stabber. Quit putting the spin on him as if he was some kind of God.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  142. Rita Redman

    Jack, how about you having a talk with Tiger. You say you have been there, maybe you can help him more than rehab can. That's if you can find him. My heart goes out to his wife & children. He must be going through a very hard time. Too bad, what a waste. Rita Redman. Kennett Mo

    May 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  143. Tom

    What happened was we fell for the "brand". When that brand was shattered, what is left is a golfer that is probably not going to do the amazing things he once did and will begin dropping out of sight more and more since Tiger can't live without us believing in the brand. His image he and his marketing people created was fabricated on an inflated sense of self. You said it best Jack, he is a long way from coming to terms with himself and his demons. Who knows if he ever will.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  144. Greg Sobolewski

    Dear Jack,
    I learned from Tiger Woods, to be a faithful and good husband to your wife. As well as a good father to your children.

    Sincerely,
    Greg

    May 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  145. Maria

    Character, honor, and integrity matter. We need to focus on living a life to be proud of...not only when others are looking but when they're not.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  146. Becker

    That we are all broken and fallible. Some of us may meet more of the view of human perfection on the oustide but inner deamons and personal negligence can quickly wreck that perspective. Guarding his heart from the ugliness, arrogance, and lustfulness of every day life would have been a major help to Tiger. Learning how to get there is everyones personal journey. You don't get a map when you are born.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  147. Judie Wm's El Lago,TX

    Jack......

    The jokes have all but gone away, and what remains for this young man is hopefully and prayerfully recover physically, mentally, and spiritually.......it may be a LONG journey, as it is for anyone who faces their demons.......whatever they may be.

    There is a sense of sadness to see this amazing golfer plummet in admiration and support of his fans.

    FEAR ? Face everything and recover ! There are thousands who are doing this on a daily basis yet are private citizens not exposed to the humilitation.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  148. Tami Whittaker

    What can the rest of learn from T.W?
    That you cant do it without Christ, its as simple as that.
    Brit Hume was right on target!

    I challenge you to share this point

    May 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  149. Bruce from Oasis Day Spa

    As Ralph Kramden once said, 'Be nice to the people you meet on the way up, because you meet the same people on the way down'.

    Tiger is receiving little pity because he forgot that advice along the road to the top.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  150. Jay Gav

    Jack,

    Love the show, but get after your writers for asking a stupid question. What can we learn from this guy – come on!
    I don't want to learn a thing from a guy that cheat on his wife (a few dozen times), destroys his family, and then attempts to play the sympathy card with the public. Poor Tiger! It'll take him a few lifetimes to count all his money . . . Enough with this guy!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  151. Ed in NC

    As children we learn right from wrong. The ability to lead one's life in "doing the right thing" will separate the truly successful from those who will struggle in life. Temptations are out there for each of us on a daily basis.......some, like Tiger, face those temptations to a much greater degree. Lets hope he (and all of us) learn from this significant "fall from grace"............

    May 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  152. Dera

    Not to deny who you are. Don't believe the hype! Tiger's ascension into the one of the greatest golfers of all time was not looked upon with pride by many and I believe many were waiting in the wings for and assisted in his descent.I don't think he really understood this. By his actions, he actually thought he was invinsible. He got caught up in who he thought he was but reality is a mean thing.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  153. Karl from SF, CA

    Never climb higher then you are willing to fall.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  154. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    For those of us that have lived a double life filled with many secrets know that it takes commitment and time to join the real world again and it's not easy but it is simple when we realize that the old life is filled with deamons just waiting to rule us again.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  155. Brain S

    What should we have learned?
    Nothing, except that he and everyone else is human and it was not "newsworthy". And stop putting people in sports on a pedestal. They are no different than anyone else.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  156. Isaac O

    You've got to be kidding me. We need not learn anything from a Golfer who is behaving human. Have you forgotten the Trial and the Tribulation thing that we all go through in life? Tiger was not beyond the temptation of the the devil and certainly, he will never go beyond playing poorly once in a while. Let's give Tiger's problem a rest for once and for all.
    Isaac, Atlanta

    May 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  157. frankie

    I believe that he is learning how to live life on life's terms. Whenever any one of us learns that, it can be a good example to all of us.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  158. Bill Silver

    Jack – The lesson here is that the sooner we deal with our own pain, the sooner we stop inflicting it on others. When Tiger is able to confront, accept and surrender the pain of his childhood (whatever that pain may be) then he will be able to treat others with true compassion and respect. – Bill

    May 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  159. Muyiwa Fawehinmi

    Nothing, like the children of rich fat cats, he is a child of professional sports.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  160. Susan from Idaho

    we learned the Elin Woods is a lucky woman. She got a gob of money, two cute kids, and out!!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  161. madelyn knight

    What can we learn from Tiger? Remember when Jesus was confronted by a crowd wanting to stone a woman caught in adultery? Jesus said, " Let him who is without sin cast the first stone?" I think the media and the rest of us should examine our own sinfulness before we throw a stone at Tiger. I did not see arrogance, etc., in Tiger. I saw a broken, miserable, hurting man. It's time to leave Tiger alone. He has lost everything that really matters even his golf game. I pray that he will heal and again be the happy # 1 golfer in the world. I don't think he can be that until he first meets Jesus Christ. Pray for him and get off his back.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  162. peaclver

    He needs to go up on a mountain; pray, meditate. Spend a lot of time with his wife and when he comes back., tell us what he found out about himself. All of us need to spend some time alone with ourselves and learn the art of loving ourselves. Then perhaps all those things we axquire won't mean too much,

    May 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  163. sammy

    You're going too fast for me Jack, i'm still trying to figure out why so many think of him as a hero and a role model...!

    May 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  164. Glenn

    Come on Jack he's under a lot of stress here.. and all he's got left well I guess is his left handed game before the US Open

    Ontario

    May 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  165. NevadaFriend

    Jack, I think that we all learned that talent, money, and celebrity doesn't automatically protect you from your errors and pain. We've all suffered through the pain that Tiger, his wife, and children suffered by this, and we all truly wish it hadn't happened. Most importantly, I think we've learned, and I think Tiger has learned, from this experience the things that are really important in this life, and those things aren't the talent, money, and celebrity.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  166. HW

    Fourth at the most challenging tournament in golf, the Masters, is incredibly stellar (especially after all of his personal problems). Though, I will say it is strange that tiger won the 2009 US Open with a broken bone and yet withdrew from this years Players because of neck pain (that doesn't seem to add up).

    May 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  167. Muyiwa Fawehinmi

    He lives in a different world, can't learn anything from him.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  168. Roxanne

    What can the rest of us learn from Tiger Woods? Nothing that Tiger couldn't learn himself had he studied the excesses of bacchanal if he'd taken an English Literature class on Greek Mythology at Stanford. Oh, that's right. He dropped out to golf.

    Rox, Minneapolis

    May 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  169. Terry from Illinois

    Jack,
    Financially, he is a success story, but morally he is a joke and socially he's a train wreck...
    Arrogant, cocky, and overly private are words that use to for President G.W. Bush and V.P. Cheney but are now are just as appropriate for Tiger Woods.
    I think I will use Tiger as an example to my kids of "how not to act" instead of Bush and Cheney...

    May 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  170. JW in Phoenix

    About playing golf? Plenty. About living your life? Not so much.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  171. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Tiger knew he wasn't going to do well in this Tournament and quit. I'm ashamed of him. If he really had physical problems he never should have returned to golf as early as he did. I have never walked away from any sport in my life. I've coached plenty of teams and I NEVER lost a game. I've had to coach the girls back from being down 0-3 at half time and coached them on to win. I never just gave up. Tiger has reached his pinnacle of successs and doubtfully will be able to ever come back to where he was . He needs lots of counseling and soul searching because as a child he was told to put away the toys and practice golf. The whole situation is a debacle. Also,some coaching on exactly what Sportsmanship is and how to incorporate it into his life and game would serve him well.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  172. Muyiwa Fawehinmi

    who cares, he is still a billionnaire, and will win another PGA tournament

    May 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  173. Chris - Denver

    I think we can learn that it is foolish to assume that a man is some sort of a saint merely because he can hit a ball with a stick.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  174. Observer from California

    That children need to be allowed to be just that: children. Tiger Woods did not have much of a normal childhood, and now as an adult, he needs to live what he missed. Let kids be kids, and grow normally, you can be successfull without sacrificing your childhood.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm |