Jack Nicklaus offers empathy to Tiger Woods

Jack Nicklaus offered his support to Tiger Woods even as the embattled golfer battles his own frailties. Woods is out of action till 2018, as he continues to work on his recovery from multiple surgeries.

Jack Nicklaus with Tiger Woods

May 31, 2017: Tiger Woods found some much needed solace from fellow great Jack Nicklaus. The 77 year old spoke about the need to support Woods, in his presser at the Memorial Tournament. Tiger has been in the dock these past few days dealing with a DUI incident that has brought him further infamy.

Nicklaus’s empathetic reading of the situation is welcome respite for Woods, who has endured a series of scathing media reports over the past few days. The mug shot has resulted in a great deal of ridicule for an intensely guarded and private human being.

The risks of Tiger being at the wheel of a powerful car at such an ungodly hour are certainly not to be undermined. We should also be happy that the cops went about doing their duty with a great deal of diligence. The man deserved to be arrested and booked for the offense, but the ridicule that has followed is definitely unnecessary.

Nicklaus spoke for each of us in saying that Tiger Woods “needs all our help.” Even as the media went to town claiming that Woods was drunk, a police report released on Tuesday informed us that Woods was asleep at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz.

Sadly, Woods lacked cognition at the moment of the arrest. As stated by Woods, his state was a result of medication and the police have confirmed that he had no alcohol in his system. Unfortunately though, Woods could neither understand where he was, nor recall why he was there in the first place.

“Tiger’s a friend, he’s been great for the game of golf and I think he needs all of our help. We wish him well,” said the 77-year-old.

“Tiger, I always thought, was going to break my record. I don’t know what’s going to happen (now),” Nicklaus added.

“Does anybody want to see their record broken? Of course not. But do I want to see somebody not have the ability because of physical problems? I don’t like that at all. I feel bad for him that it’s happened.”

We could all use some of the empathy and concern that Nicklaus has shown Woods this week.

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