Lack of media attention can only help Tiger Woods

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By MARQUEL INGRAM
College Contributor Network

It's time for sports media, and general news media, to stop covering Tiger Woods. He doesn't warrant the same attention as he once deserved.

No longer is he the best golfer in the world. Hell, he's not even a top 10 golfer right now. At age 39, the future seems bleak for the Stanford alumnus.

Though in no way, shape or form is Woods deserving of the media attention, there was a time where he did deserve every bit of it. From his rookie year as a professional in 1996 to 2008, Woods literally held the keys to the top of the golfing world -- he won 14 majors, other PGA events with undeniable regularity, and he won millions upon millions of hearts and millions upon millions of dollars.

It was to the point where it was a chief disappointment when he came in second place in any match, let alone a majors tournament.

And it was because of his extraordinary -- no -- otherworldly play on the golf course that the media ate it up more than a regular at an all-you-can-eat buffet joint. They were mesmerized and awe-stricken by how a young, African-American male could dominate the sport of golf more than perhaps any golfer in history, including Jack Nicholas.

Everybody and their auntie knew without a shadow of doubt that Woods was going to surpass Nicholas in total majors. Woods was a champion, someone that anyone who enjoyed winning could root for -- he was synonymous with Michael Jordan in terms of their stone-cold mentality and desire to win. He was simply infallible.

Then 2008 happened... I think you know the rest of the story. And let's just say that situation needed all the attention it received.

Ever since that time, Woods hasn't even been a shell of the golfer he was. No majors won, and while he did briefly hold the world's number one ranking from late March 2013 to May 2014, he now is currently ranked 59th in the world.

In his last event, the Farmer Insurance Open, Tiger was forced to withdraw after suffering yet another injury, this time to his back. Before that, he had his worst match as a professional, which included shooting a career-worst 84.

"He wasn't tournament-ready this week, he wasn't tournament-ready last week," according to ESPN analyst Paul Azinger. "His body is not ready yet and his golf game is certainly not ready.

"Now Tiger has to ask himself some serious questions. Is he on the right track? Clearly he's still stuck under it. He's hitting this block right. Generally players do that when they know they can hit a duck hook."

Does this sound like a player that should command media attention?

Does this sound like a player people should continue to follow and hope he returns to his pre-2008 form?

Aside from getting healthy, the best for Tiger is for the media to stay away from him.

Save him from the constant distractions and the constant question to which we already know the answers: Are you healthy? Can you return to your old form? Will you surpass Jack Nicholas in majors?

Less focus on Woods could motivate him to be closer to the player he once was. After all, a lack of focus on him means people don't revere him as a premier golfer in the PGA anymore, and Tiger, as much as his ego has been shot over the past few years, still believes in his abilities as a golfer.

He's not winning much these days and it has been this way for years now, so why continue to bombard him?

This is my only time I will talk about Tiger. More people should follow suit.

Marquel Ingram is an aspiring sports writer from Rutgers University. He loves the Colts, Yankees and the Mavericks. Follow him on Twitter: @marquel_ingram
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