With his latest endorsement of sports nutrition company MusclePharm, Tiger has solidified his standing as golf’s preeminent fitness guru. MP is now part of a stable of Tiger brands that includes Upper Deck, Nike Golf, NetJets, TLC Laser Eye Centers and Golf Digest. Woods lost AT&T and Buick after his notorious marital infidelity in 2009.
This sort of sponsorship is something you would never see Jack and his generation of beer-drinking, cigarette-smoking, gut-toting competitors doing. Fitness nut Gary Player was the exception to the rule, but his example never seemed to be followed by his peers.
Tiger’s endorsement begins with a new bag bearing a prominent MP logo and will extend into a full line of sports nutrients under the Tiger Woods name.
In doing so, Tiger inevitably raises questions about the validity of supplements. Just how effective are they? In this age of steroid abuse and drug testing, is it prudent for someone of Tiger’s stature to endorse supplements? Or is this just part of the fitness revolution and thus the evolution of the fit golfer?
In the fields of nutrition and science, supplements fall on the hazard line, with officials divided on whether they are O.K. or out of bounds. The subtext is serious, but the question was posed to Woods lightly on Friday: Will the neon green MP on his bag make him a can’t-miss target for random drug testing on the PGA Tour?
“I haven’t been tested yet,” laughed Tiger, who was still rehabbing after his back surgery when the announcement was made.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, added the following while talking to Crouse: “Our goal is to take the stigma out of supplements. Tiger Woods, maybe the most fit golfer that we’ve had, let’s show that it’s O.K. to align yourself with supplements. Just be safe when you do it. That’s the message we collectively want to spread.”
Even MusclePharm CEO Brad Pyatt chimed in. “My long-term goal is to become the first mainstream supplement company to take the scariness out of supplements,” he said.
But as Crouse went on to write, “MusclePharm’s ascent has not been without turbulence. The director of marketing, Jeremy DeLuca, pleaded guilty in 2012 to selling misbranded dietary supplements containing synthetic anabolic steroids when he was the president of Bodybuilding.com, an online sports nutrition company.”
Scary? Stigma? Turbulence?
Sounds like it’s time for Super Tiger to step in.
With this endorsement, Tiger is trying to break new ground in his quest to improve not only his own physique and fitness but also that of every other golfer and athlete while simultaneously changing opinions about sport supplement
Illicit supplements have left a black mark on sports—e.g., Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and MLB—for quite some time. By endorsing MP products, Tiger looks to educate fellow athletes about the good type of supplemental nutrition.
The PGA Tour began drug testing in 2008, but few players have ever been cited. Vijay Singh actually got a suspension for suspected PED use overturned, calling into question the entire program.
Sports nutrition products are now a $1 billion business used by many athletes looking for an edge. MusclePharm counts Arnold Schwarzenegger and Colin Kaepernick among its most prominent endorsers, and it is also the official supplement provider of UFC and USA Wrestling.
But no matter how you say it or who endorses it, nutrition supplements conjure up images of the snake oil sold by hucksters in the Old West. “Drink this, and it’ll cure what ails ya,” you can just about hear them say to naive pioneers.
Tiger’s message has been a lot different. He should be congratulated for leading golfers to slim down and muscle up.
This endorsement makes a lot of sense. It is in line with his muscular physique. It is also in keeping with someone who has had to endure numerous surgeries and rehab. One could make a case that Tiger is a walking billboard for physical therapy. Supplements appear to be part of his rehab and his lifestyle.
Fighting off his latest malady, Tiger is coming off a back injury that would put lesser humans on the couch for many months. Tiger returned to the course within three.
Tiger returned to competition quickly after back surgery.
Tiger returned to competition quickly after back surgery.USA TODAY Sports
Is MusclePharm partly responsible for Tiger’s quick comeback? No one has said that, but the tie-in with the company came just before Tiger prematurely inserted himself into the Quicken Loans tournament way ahead of schedule. Too bad the MP supplement couldn’t help his putting.
Many say that golf is not a sport, but Tiger is out to prove those people wrong by pumping iron and taking supplements just like any other pro athlete would do.
If there is one thing about Tiger that seems to be true, it’s that he always walks the walk. He is a noted workout fiend, so supplementing his diet and exercise with nutritional powders and pills seems, well, natural. He may not be able to dunk a basketball or hit a 90 mph baseball, but don’t question his fitness and strength.
Thus, his multiyear sponsorship will extend far beyond a new bag.
“Woods will also be featured in MusclePharm advertisements and commercials. He will further support the brand via appearances and social media promotion,” according to a MusclePharm press release, via MarketWatch.
A MusclePharm press release, via Marketwired, explained the following about MusclePharm products, which are sold in 35,000 retail outlets: “These clinically-proven and scientific nutritional supplements are developed through a six-stage research process utilizing the expertise of leading nutritional scientists, doctors and universities. MusclePharm is the innovator of the sports nutrition industry.”
Tiger’s endorsement of MP did not come with a statement that its products are cure-alls. With so much noise over the years about illicit supplements, it would have been illuminating if Tiger had said something regarding exactly how he uses MP products.
Maybe that will come later.
Golf and golfers have changed so much since the reserved, tradition-laden days of yore. Can you imagine Sam Snead or Byron Nelson aligning themselves with Kaepernick? What’s next? Will we see young pros such as Jason Day and Jordan Spieth bearing a rash of neck and body tattoos?
In the meantime, Tiger continues to break new ground as he seeks to become golf’s most titled player.
One wonders whether there will be an asterisk next to his name if and when he surpasses Jack’s record of 18 majors.
Tiger Woods Revealed How He Handled an Emotional Moment …: ‘I Was to Blame, and So I’m Taking Initiative With the Kids’
People make mistakes, and if the ‘people’ are celebrities, they have to be more careful. As a celebrity golfer, Tiger Woods is always under the camera radar. Check out how he told his children about his split with Elin Nordegren, so they don’t know it from the wrong sources.
Tiger Woods is the most celebrated golfer in the world. Although he was introduced to golf from a young age, the 46-year-old didn’t become a professional until 1996. He has won over 100 tournaments worldwide and 15 majors. In 2001, Woods became the first golfer to hold all major championships at a time.
Although his professional life is seamless, Tiger had troubles controlling his personal life.
In 2009, Woods’ marriage began falling apart due to claims of infidelity and soon the news hit the headlines. His daughter Sam was two years old, and his son Charlie was a newborn at the time. Although the golf legend apologized for his behavior, his wife, Elin Nordegren, divorced Woods in 2010.
Although they got a divorce, they had to present the reason for the divorce to their children.
How did Tiger Woods explain his split with Nordegren to his children?
Tiger Woods spoke about his split with Nordegren in an interview with TIME. He explained how they are working out well on co-parenting and how the kids got to know about the split from their father.
“We’ve worked so hard at co-parenting, to make sure that their lives are fantastic. For instance, I’ve told her this, I’ve taken the initiative with the kids, and told them up front, “Guys, the reason why we’re not in the same house, why we don’t live under the same roof, Mommy and Daddy, is because Daddy made some mistakes. I just want them to understand before they get to Internet age and they log on to something or have their friends tell them something. I want it to come from me so that when they come of age, I’ll just tell them the real story,” Woods said.
“I was to blame, and so I’m taking initiative with the kids,” added Woods.
Tiger said he felt he was responsible for explaining the reason for their split to the children. He explained that his children should know from him rather than from the internet or, worse, a friend.
Tiger told his kids it was his mistake that made the couple divorce. However, he hasn’t revealed the “actual” reason for it.
Woods explained to the kids that as humans, we all make mistakes. However, it is the bright side that they should look at. Although they don’t live together, he and Elin love the children alike.
‘Charlie Sifford Would Be Proud’: Tiger Woods Hands Aaron Beverly His PGA Tour Debut at 2022 Genesis Invitational
Ahead of the Genesis Invitational, Tiger Woods disclosed the name of the recipient of the 2022 Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption. The PGA Tour event is all set to commence on February 17th, and making his first ever appearance will be Aaron Beverly!
Organized by the Tiger Woods Foundation, the $9,300,000 purse event is often known as the concluding event of the west coast swing of the tour and is played in the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.
A chance to play on this event of the PGA Tour is given annually to a golfer representing a minority background in the form of an exception. Renamed after Charles Luther Sifford, the first African American to play on the PGA Tour, they have granted many deserving candidates this exemption in his honour, with Willie Mack as the most recent one in 2021.
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Tiger Woods welcomes the PGA Tour exempt
Tiger took to Twitter to disclose the golfer who will soon be teeing it up in Riviera. He wrote, “I’m looking forward to welcoming Aaron Beverly to @thegenesisinv as the 2022 Sifford Exemption. Like me, Aaron learned the game from his dad. I know Charlie Sifford would be proud of Aaron as he makes his PGA Tour debut at Riviera next month.”
Beverly’s father, who was also an athlete, introduced him to golf at the tender age of three. His game flourished in collegiate golf while playing for the Sacramento State University golf team, where he holds multiple records to his name. Moreover, he does not come with insufficient experience. 2021 was his first year on the APGA Tour, where he had a great debut. In addition, he has played on the Golden State Tour, the APGA TOUR Latinoamérica Tour and Mackenzie Tour.
This is, understandably, one of the biggest moments of Beverly’s life. The ecstatic golfer said, “Receiving the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption and having the opportunity to play in The Genesis Invitational is a true honor and the opportunity of a lifetime. This is the moment all my hard work and dedication has been preparing me for and I look forward to competing at Riviera.”
Ryder Cup: Ian Poulter was blasted by Tiger Woods in ‘rude text’ as US star ‘not a fan’
The biennial event kicks off today at Whistling Straits, on the shore of Lake Michigan in the US, which will see some of the world’s best golfers take part in the iconic showcase. The 43rd instalment of the Ryder Cup pits a US team, with their 12 players among the best 21 golfers on the planet, against an experienced, yet out-of-sorts, Europe. This afternoon will see the four foursomes, which see players paired up and take alternate shots around the course, open up the Ryder Cup.
Europe’s captain Padraig Harrington opted to go with experience and form in the duo of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, who are paired against Americans Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
Closing the foursomes will be Ryder Cup legend Poulter, who will go around the course with Irishman Rory McIlory as they chase a point against rookies Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.
Poulter has been a thorn in the US’ side throughout his Ryder Cup career, winning on five of his six appearances for Europe.
Nicknamed The Postman, because he always delivers, the 45-year-old’s drive to win the tournament has epitomised his career.
But not all golfers are fans of the popular Hertfordshire-born star, and one of the biggest names in the sport reportedly can’t stand him.
Woods, the legendary golfer who made the sport a must-see watch viewing event throughout the past 25 years, once sent a “rude text” to his then-coach Hank Haney about Poulter.
Writing in his 2012 memoir The Big Miss, Haney said the 15-time Major winner sent the messages while all three of them were on his private plane in 2007.
It is well known that Woods was cold with other players during his career, although he would always speak with those who demanded his respect due to their exploits on the course.
Mr Haney wrote: “Those he genuinely liked tended to be quiet, modest, hardworking guys like Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker, whose ability he respected but whose talent didn’t elevate them to the position of serious rival.
“He kept the super talented at a distance. He didn’t want players who could be a threat to feel comfortable around him.
“He was averse to certain players, especially if he felt their records didn’t warrant all the talk. He wasn’t a fan of Ian Poulter, for example.”
The coach noted that a couple of weeks prior to the US Open at Oakmont, in 2007, some players went into the Pittsburgh area course to get some practice rounds in.