The media storm in Melbourne is still asking if Tiger can return to his dominant best. The experts agree he is hitting the ball well, and if his putting radar is on, he could again win this weekend. The hype in Melbourne reflects the status of Woods' popularity. Whilst the Victorian political opposition party promised not to fund future Woods appearances, the Victorian Government is banking on Woods' appeal, having financially backed Woods' appearance into the millions.
Just Part of the Show or is a Storm Brewing?
Every Woods media story starts by talking about his return to golf but ends with a review of his turbulent year off the golf course. So, has his troubled personal life had an impact on his popularity? Do fans care what a player does off the fairway, or does it just add to the show?
It raises the old ethical debate about public figures and their "private" lives. Because of their profile and endorsements, do they forgo any private scrutiny? Can they receive the financial and public praise on the one hand and avoid vetting of their personal lives? For Woods, does it all add to the Tiger show hitting Melbourne, or are more problems brewing?
One of Woods' first public engagements was an exclusive dinner at Crown Casino. Woods was interviewed by Cricket spin king Shane Warne. The question was raised to both of them that perhaps they share the same nocturnal habits. The response was smiling and laughter which seems to signify that the show goes on. Fans at the golf course will be lining up for a glimpse of the Tiger show. The bad news is that the forecast for the weekend weather in Melbourne is for storms and rain.
Well-Being Australia theologian is reminded of Psalm 139 that explains that God sees and knows all. "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there." The point is, God knows about our failures and our "private" lives. But it also says that because He knows all, He is there to show us mercy and grace when we are in the depths. In Jesus we find forgiveness. The result is He is with us always, not as a Judge wanting justice, but as a Redeemer offering grace.