Tiger is struggling, no doubt about it, but as of now, I believe he will get back on top. The reason I say that is that I see no diminishment in his desire to win, and that desire will overcome his present difficulties. That desire is what separates him from the field; it’s as if he was born to play the game, and certainly his upbringing by his father reinforced that destiny.
That intensity of desire is also what makes Tiger such a tragic figure. His fits of temper and general grumpiness show that unless he is winning, he is a very unhappy guy. His pain is visible for all the world to see, and sometimes it’s hard to watch. I’d like to think that he can change and find some peace in his life, but until he does, he’ll drive himself to win. When we see him “mellow out”, then maybe he’ll be done on the course, but right now I don’t see it.
Unlike Jack or anyone else who’s played the game (except maybe Hogan??) it’s hard to imagine Tiger without golf, and I don’t want to imagine golf without Tiger.