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Tiger Woods needs a new driver

Given his history behind the wheel, Woods should flip his keys to a responsible chauffeur and improve his performance on the road

Getting past "thoughts and prayers," "good wishes" and "speedy recovery" exhortations to and for Tiger Woods, there is one abundantly clear go-forward Rx for him.

He needs a driver.

No, no, not a new 47-inch, extra-stiff-shaft driver with adjustable shot shaping.

Rather, he needs a man/gal Friday to transport him safely 24/7, 52 weeks a year and all holidays. A driver of his car whenever he gets into a motor vehicle (“Tiger Woods ‘awake, responsive and recovering’ after surgery,” Feb. 25).

We all know that he has had multiple driving incidents, ranging from unfortunate to “he is so lucky to be alive” (who knows whether there might have been more). And he is indeed quite lucky to be alive after this week’s crash.

Whether he is chronically fatigued, consistently unable to cope with the various meds he has onboard at various times or simply a distracted and careless (and apparently far too speedy) driver, everything points to this: Woods cannot be trusted behind the wheel of any moving vehicle with the (possible) exception of a golf cart.

From the outside, it sure would appear as if he can afford a driver financially.

Hopefully with his personal life seemingly less roiled than historically, the confidentiality concerns he might once have had with a driver being privy to details of his personal life are hopefully a lot less these days.

It’s always easy to spend other folks’ money, and ask them to think about giving up some personal privacy freedoms. It’s, of course, up to Woods and not anyone else.

But for those of us – and we are legion – who want Tiger Woods to get and remain healthy (irrespective of whether he ever is able to return to championship golf), this seems to be an obvious solution to an ongoing problem.

Peter Kaufman
Scarsdale, N.Y.

Van Sickle’s commentary about Woods stands alone
I've read a lot of articles and columns about Tiger Woods and his accident. Gary Van Sickle’s commentary in Morning Read was the best (“Tiger Woods faces biggest test, and it’s not about golf,” Feb. 24).

I loved the story about Woods’ first two holes on the PGA Tour, in 1992 at Riviera.

Van Sickle certainly has seen a lot of golf shots.

Palmer Moody
LaGrange, Ill.
(Moody is the assistant executive director for foundation and communications with the Illinois PGA Section.)

Tiger Woods converts fans with 1st tee shot
Gary Van Sickle’s remembrance of seeing Tiger Woods play his first two holes on the PGA Tour in 1992 reminded me of Woods’ first Tour tee shot at that same Greater Milwaukee Open (“Tiger Woods faces biggest test, and it’s not about golf,” Feb. 24).

I was working the range, and Woods had a big crowd watching. There were comments from the behind the ropes that he wasn’t that good after he had hit a couple of duck hooks that ended outside the range.

I took a break from picking empty range buckets so I could follow him. I couldn’t get near the 10th tee, so I walked down to the landing area and was able to get right up to the rope. By the time he teed off, there was a pretty big gallery behind me. The fairway was marked to measure drive distances, so we were able to see exactly where the shots landed. Woods was the third in the group to play, and after the first two drives rolled out to about the 290 mark, Woods’ ball landed beyond the 310 line.

All those people standing behind me became instant Tiger Woods fans.

Joe Kretz
Antigo, Wis.

A lesson for all of us
The only way that the Tiger Woods crash has any meaning is to take the issue and make it help people, because he survived and will at some point recover (“Tiger Woods ‘awake, responsive and recovering’ after surgery,” Feb. 25).

The extent of that recovery, of course, is unknown, but with his amazing will and great therapies available, he will have a recovery. Whether that means playing great golf again is another unknown, but one thing that is not unknown is his popularity and his ability to lead people.

Woods could help people like never before. He could become the poster for not speeding and for slowing down, for not texting and driving (even if it is found that he did not do so) and therefore save lives in the process.

Tell the truth: The first time you drove after hearing and seeing his accident, did it not strike you to slow down and pay attention better?

It could be the turning-that-frown-upside-down, ah-ha moment.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

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