So on Tuesday Tiger made it official, The Masters will be his first tournament since his now famous, er, infamous accident the day after Thanksgiving. Ever since then Tiger, the image master, has had a tarnished image. So here's how he can fix it without putting much effort into it, and it all starts in Augusta.
First and foremost, tee it up in the Par 3 Tournament. He's only played in a couple and how cool would it be to have the most popular golfer in the world return to the roots of The Masters. And here's a novel idea, somehow work it so you play with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Usually that duo plays with Gary Player, but I'm sure some arrangements could be made, heck even, the four of them play together. Do you honestly think Tiger would be heckled with those guys in the group?
This may be a reach, but go ahead and have your daughter Sam carry a club or two. Whether Tiger likes it or not, the kids have been brought into the conversation and the way a family man can "fix" his family, is show that he still cares. How cute would it be to see Sam in the white coveralls like all the other kids wear during the Par 3 contest with a club or two in hand. Walking down those short fairways hand in hand would gain Tiger big time brownie points and the awe factor would return. Nobody would dare heckle him then!
Next, sign some autographs. Kids are always looking for those coveted signatures and most golfers oblige. Well Tiger, it's time you do the same. I'm not saying sign for hours upon hours, but take 10 minutes and start signing. Augusta National set up a little area outside the driving range last year for kids to get those coveted signatures. So, take a few minutes and do the same. Of course there's going to be people saying things, but you know what, stand there, keep signing and say "yup, I made mistakes and I'm trying to fix things" Simple as that. Easy as that. We are a forgiving society, just ask a number of baseball players.
Finally, if Tiger wants to fix his image, start playing a few more tournaments. I'm not saying tee it up every week, but hit a few of those stops you skip all the time. The PGA Tour readily admits they could use a little boost and some tournaments are really struggling to stay afloat. How far do you think it'd go for Tiger to play at the John Deer Classic? Whether we like it or not, Tiger Woods is the face of golf. When he plays, people watch, when he doesn't, they don't. The ratings don't lie.
When Tiger first played on tour, he played in a bunch of events he'd never even imagine playing in now. Return to those days.
Remember Tiger, we ARE a forgiving society. Get your face out there, sign some autographs and say I made mistakes and I'm working on it. Say it everyday to the people who made you the most popular golfer in the world!