With every incident the question rises – Is the marketability of Tiger Woods set for a bigger setback due to his run in with the police in Florida? After being caught for driving under influence, could Tiger Woods’ sponsors withdraw? What is the golf fraternity saying?
The timing is certainly not good for Woods. He has been nursing a severe back pain and recently underwent surgery for the same. Woods blamed the incident on prescription drugs, but his fans would admit the damage had been done. His droopy eyed picture grabbed headlines the world over, and dented the love his fans have reserved for him.
Among his course mates, Jason Day said it was tough to see Woods go through this.
Jason Day on Tiger Woods: "It's tough to see him go through this." Says he texted Tiger, but hasn't heard back, which is "understandable."
— Nick Menta (@NickMentaGC) May 31, 2017
Woods is the greatest golfer of his generation and sponsors like Nike, Bridgestone Golf, Monster Energy and TaylorMade are not likely to rush and cut ties with him, marketing experts told Reuters. Woods, 41, a golf prodigy who won his first major tournament in 1997 when he was 21, is among the most dominant golfers in the history of the sport.
He is also getting support from legends like Jack Nicklaus who said speaking at the Seniors Memorial “He needs a lot of support from a lot of people, and I’ll be one of them.”
Woods for the last few years has been trying to beat Nicklaus’s golf records of 18 Majors and 19 runner up spots.