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I’m sure the golf pundits will be having a field day with this question, but I’m equally certain it’s because of one of two reasons. Or both.

First, as far as I know, Tiger has not brought about closure to his confrontation with Sergio Garcia. As I’ve often stated, when you are angry you give away your power. Tiger needs to arrange a public meeting with Sergio, have him apologize, and then Tiger can gracefully accept his apology and forgive him. And move on.

The second reason, and could very well have happened the night before his final round, he may have received a nasty phone call from his ex-wife threatening that he will not be able to see his children during normal visiting hours as authorized by the court. As any man (or woman) will tell you, when you get a divorce and there are children involved, the divorce doesn’t end your relationship with your ex, it only transforms it. And my understanding is that Tiger’s ex-wife is not very fond of his significant other, Lindsey Vonn.

So there you have it, and when you combine the above with the fact that Phil Mickelson is enjoying a happy family life (which I assume is true) then good things happen. What takes place away from the golf course affects what takes place on the golf course. Maybe Amy, Phil’s wife, told him the night before the final round that she was pregnant with their fourth child and 43-year old Phil was going to be a papa again? Of course, his being forty-three that could have had the opposite effect ☺

For those of you who follow my column know that I believe there’s a relationship between an athlete’s feelings of self-worth (self-esteem) and performance. Regarding the US Open, it’s my opinion that Phil Mickelson’s trip to attend his daughter’s eighth-grade graduation enhanced his own feelings of self-worth and his game. Athletes who are happy and whose lives are in harmony perform close to their skill levels on a consistent basis. Women in the LPGA who take a break and have a baby often return to the tour and start winning tournaments.

On the negative side, as soon as Tiger Woods publicly accepts Sergio’s apology and gives vent to his anger his game will kick in. When athletes are angry, they give away their power. I’m surprised Lindsey Vonn, Tiger’s significant other (who has a strikingly similar appearance to two of Tiger’s past significant others – all statuesque blonds who were highly intelligent – one of whom he married) does not kick some sense into his head and encourage him to resolve his issue with Sergio. He had a chance, when they shook hands, but said not a word. By accepting Sergio’s apology he would be doing it for himself, not Sergio.

I wasn’t surprised to read about Tiger finishing 25th after today’s first round of the U.S. Open. Why? Because he still hasn’t publicly accepted Sergio Garcia’s apology. Which means he’s probably still angry because of the racial comment Sergio made. But as I’ve always said, and this is a good example: When you get angry, you give away your power. Anger will distract you and affect your focus during competition. If Tiger maintains his anger and doesn’t publicly accept Garcia’s apology, then look for him not to do well. Maybe Lindsey Vonn can talk some sense into his head.

By now almost everyone in the world of sports (especially golf) knows about the insensitive comment made by PGA Golfer Sergio Garcia regarding Tiger Woods and “fried chicken” and Garcia did the right thing by apologizing to him. Now it’s up to Tiger to bring closure to the situation by publicly accepting Garcia’s apology and moving on. If not, it could show up in his performance at the U.S. Open. It’s never good for an athlete to harbor bad feelings.


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