A recent poll ranked Tiger Woods as the most unpopular athlete in America.
Just 5 years ago, Woods was one of the most popular athletes in world.
I had been a big Tiger Woods fan, but when I learned of his serial infidelities, I admit I wanted to see him play badly. I wanted to believe, as I’ve always wanted to believe, that character affects performance.
Ironically, now that Woods has not won for two years, I’m not sure I was right.
We know now Woods had no more character in 2009, when he won 6 times, than he did in 2010 when he was winless. It’s only been since Woods’s true character has been exposed, accompanied by the public humiliation, that his game tanked. That only suggests a link between public humiliation–not character–and performance. Continue reading “Deconstructing Tiger Woods”