Tiger Woods just might win golf's Grand Slam in 2011.
When Woods does get back on to the PGA Tour -- assuming we haven't seen the last of the fairway philanderer -- look out!
“There may be a lull in Tiger's performance (initially), but there is going to be a time, maybe in a year, that he will be better than he has ever been,” distinguished psychologist and mental coach Jim Fannin said yesterday over the phone from Chicago.
Fannin -- who has worked with numerous athletes including Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Delgado -- said that by 2011 Woods might be back into the “zone” as he rebounds from the tension of his marital transgressions. He might even get to the point achieving his goal of winning all four majors the same season.
You can’t get into the “zone” without some stress, Fannin said. Woods should have plenty of that to build on.
The golfer seemingly has gone underground — a bad idea, Fannin says — since he drove out of bounds on Nov. 27, hitting a fire hydrant and a tree outside his Florida home.
In the meantime Woods’ list of mistresses has climbed to, ah ... well over par.
“Tiger has more opportunities, women-wise and business-wise, than anybody else on this planet,” Fannin, 60, said.
“Tiger is not alone (in having affairs). JFK got away with it, and a lot of celebrities have, too.
“But in this day and age, you think you can hide? Everybody has a friggin’ camera and immediately your picture is on Twitter.”
So, let’s help the poor lad out, maybe save his marriage, his corporate deals and his reputation — with Fannin’s help.
On Tiger’s bogey:
“I would have gone to the media already and said ‘I screwed up, my father would be disappointed, my mother is disappointed,” Fannin said. “Then I would take another spin and say even though I am admitting the transgressions, there is some false information coming out.
“He should have gone on the offence. He has allowed other people to tell his story — that’s his mistake.”
On returning to golf:
Fannin sees two options for Tiger: Go to the season-opening SBS Championship in Hawaii, because it draws few fans and is prohibitively expensive for media to attend; or wait until the spring, perhaps even skip the Masters, before rejoining the Tour.
For sure, returning in Los Angeles or San Diego would create too much of a circus.
On firing his pals:
His managers, his buddies, anyone who was involved in his clandestine lapse of judgment, should be removed, Fannin said. Clearly, anyone guilty in that inner circle did not have Woods’ best interests at heart. Cleaning house would be a big step toward reconciliation with his family.
On his family:
Research shows you learn more from birth to age 5 than you do during the rest of your life. (Woods and his wife, Elin, have two toddlers.)
“It’s wrong to think children are oblivious to stress when the mother is completely in turmoil and then dad is in turmoil.
“You’ve got to take care of momma, the mother of your children. That’s something A-Rod did (after his own transgressions) and (he and his ex-wife) are best friends now.”
On his sponsors:
“He should go to his sponsors — no TV ads have run since this debacle — and take a haircut. He should say ‘please forgive me.’ I would call the CEOs personally.”