The Life and Times of Tiger Woods sure is a contrasting story so far and former NBA superstar Michael Jordan has leapt to the defence of his friend.
The 14-time major winner’s life began to unravel somewhat with news breaking of his extramarital affairs in 2009, then earlier this year he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence near his home in Florida.
This, coupled with no less than three back surgeries, have contributed to a trying time for Woods, to say the least.
Aggravating his issues is social media, which puts popular figures under the microscope, something that Jordan feels happy he missed out on.
“He’s in a transitional period,” Jordan told Cigar Aficionado.
“We athletes, we go through that. And then we have to be adults, we have to make sound decisions. He is to me in a very unique situation. Tiger played in his peak somewhere towards the end of my career.
“And what changed between that time frame to now — social media, Twitter, all those types of things that has invaded their personality and their personal times as individuals. I don’t know if I could have survived in this Twitter time where you don’t have the privacy that you would want.
“What seems to be very innocent could always be misinterpreted.”
Woods has not played a competitive round of golf since the Dubai Desert Classic in February earlier this year.
Sam Horsfield was literally lost for words after his maiden European Tour win.
The American sits atop the leaderboard despite a mixed third round on Saturday.
The Englishman saw a commanding lead cut after a stuttering back nine.
Brooks Koepka made a not-so-subtle dig at Bryson DeChambeau’s “anthill” moment from the first round in Memphis.
The tournament marked the resumption of the tour.
Horsfield fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63 at the Forest of Arden to share the halfway lead with Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.
Koepka carded a superb 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening day.
A change in date from August to May last year placed the tournament second in line behind the Masters, in calendar terms at least.
The four-time major winner shot 62 in his opening round.