LATE NOVEMBER TO EARLY APRIL
On the course
Nowhere to be seen, other than in the occasional photo or obstructed video of him whacking balls alongside swing coach Hank Haney on a Florida range. The biggest losers? Tiger's Isleworth teammates, who really could have used him in their 17-13 loss to Lake Nona in the Tavistock Cup.
Off the course
Oy vey. Where to begin? With the unraveling of his marriage? With the handful of sponsors that ran for the hills? With his stint in rehab for a still-undisclosed disorder? With his cringe-worthy public apology in Jacksonville, Fla., that comprised only one truly credible element: Tiger's mother, Tida, seated in the front row, looking deeply disappointed. When will TW return to the game? "I don't rule out that it will be this year," he says during his apology. Which is another way of saying, "See y'all at Augusta!"
Perceived stress level:
No athlete in history has endured such intense scrutiny for such a prolonged period across all sectors of the media Perez Hilton, the Chicago Tribune, The Onion, Geraldo Rivera, you name it. The New York Post put Tiger, or one of his "transgressions," on its cover for a record-breaking 20 straight days.