There is no denying that Tiger Woods has left the biggest legacy ever seen by an individual golfer. He brought the sport into the modern era, dramatically increasing its popularity. The surge of young golfers now seen on the Tour wouldn’t have been made possible without Woods having first paved the path. But, Woods also suffered a dramatic fall from grace – he came crashing down and crashing down hard. As you may have heard, Woods was arrested in Florida on suspicion of DUI. Because he has had such an impact on the world of golf, his recent troubles have created a ripple effect throughout the golf world.
Chicago’s Lakefront Golf Plan in Jeopardy
In Chicago, the Jackson Park and South Shore locations became part of a plan to create a tournament-worthy golf course. The plan is complicated, and involves the following –
- Millions in fundraising
- Support from the City of Chicago
- A plan to address lakefront erosion
- A community-granted buy-in
- Approval from the Western Golf Association
- Approval from the PGA Tour
- A blueprint from lead architect Tiger Woods
After his arrest for DUI, there is a big concern from investors and project partners that Woods can no longer be relied upon to be the face of such a huge project.
Mark Rolfing, a golf analyst for NBC who happens to be spearheading the project, told the Chicago Tribune, “We can’t roll out a Tiger Woods design without Tiger being a big part of it. He has to be engaged in it. We’ll have to see whether he is willing and able to do that.”
Rolfing continued, “Tiger’s legacy as a player has been determined. He will never play at that level again. Whether or not he’s competitive again is almost irrelevant to that legacy. What is totally unwritten at this point is what his legacy will be off the course. He has to try to figure out what will fulfill him, what will make him happy.”
Woods is Addressing His Problems
Woods tweeted on June 19,
“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder. I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.”
Former professional golfer Paul Azinger, during an appearance on Fox Sports’ The Herd with Colin Cowherd, said, “I know firsthand there are some players that think there’s a problem there with Tiger…there are some players out there that are saying this has been a problem for a while.” The fact that Woods is seeking professional assistance is encouraging to both his fans and his peers.
Don’t Let an Injury Ruin your Golf Game
Woods career will never be the same after his debilitating knee and back injuries. If you’re looking to recover from a golf injury and back bounce to peak form, visit one of the golf professionals at Westlake. They can help ease the transition back to your game.