Tiger Woods reportedly has entered a rehabilitation facility to treat an addiction to prescription painkillers, a response to his DUI arrest last month and the latest chapter in his fall from grace. Every day that passes is another day Woods is removed from golf greatness that once seemed to have no limits.
Long gone are the days when Las Vegas took bets on tournaments, basing odds on Tiger versus the field. Woods has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open and isn't likely to win another. His career and his life have been left in tatters, leaving a shell of the man the world once revered.
People love building up their heroes, and many enjoy watching them crumble. Golf fans should remember the impact Woods made on the game. The young guns who took his place and snicker at his demise should count their blessings when they count their money.
Woods made just more than $2 million for the entire 1997 season, the first time he was atop the PGA money list. The 2017 U.S. Open winner will take home $2.2 million from a record $12 million purse. They can thank younger, healthier Tiger Woods for making it possible.