Tiger Woods's Turkish holiday didn't pay out quite as expected, but it was still time well spent.
Last week, Woods was knocked out of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals by Justin Rose, one round short of the championship match. But Woods played well, by all accounts, and — more importantly to Tiger fans — seemed to have a great time doing it.
So has Tiger finally ratcheted his head on straight? Maybe, according to Kevin Garside of the Belfast Times, who reports that those in Woods's inner circle have said their man was "the most relaxed he's ever been" during last week's event.
Here's what Chubby Chandler, the English manager and promoter, told Garside about Woods:
According to Chandler, who orchestrated the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, Turkey was an easy sell to Woods Inc. "Yes, he has a value. All sportsmen have. But the money never makes the difference. Tiger has more than enough of that. We offered something different, in a place he had never been. He was able to have dinner in the restaurant and not have people staring at him all the time. In the players' lounge he has been one of the lads. You don't see that much either. I asked Steiny [agent Mark Steinberg] and he said Tiger was loving it. The night on the range working the Turkish juniors was the highlight of the week for me. For Turkey this is the realisation of a 10-year dream. These kids have now got idols.
Woods has several more tournaments lined up for 2012, so time will tell if he can carry his newfound zen on his late-season globe-trot. Woods will play next at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which tees off on October 25th. RELATED PHOTOS: Woods and McIlroy among stars in Turkish exhibition