The head of the IOC has urged the world’s greatest golfers to ditch luxury hotels, saunas and restaurants and “share the Olympic spirit” by staying in the athletes’ village. While it looks unlikely that Tiger Woods will make Team USA, there’s every possibility that the former world number one will surprise us all – through sheer will – and make the team come August 2016.
The Olympic Village is historically a melting pot of sex parties amongst athletes who have repressed sexual urges for weeks leading up to the Olympics. Typically, when their event comes to an end, their inhibitions go out the window.
Enter Tiger Woods, infamous sex addict and philanderer, let loose in the Olympic Village amongst sexually charged athletes. Does Woods have the discipline to resit such temptations?
It may likely not even be a concern for athletes at the 2016 Rio Games, however. The 14-time major champion has crashed to No. 241 in the world golf rankings and is unlikely to qualify for the U.S. team, which will contain four players based on the current qualification criteria.
Woods, arguably the world’s most famous sportsperson of his generation, has the key to golf TV ratings. Simply put, when he’s present people tune in. When he’s not, they shut off their TV’s. IOC President Thomas Bach remarked:
“It would be a pity not to have Woods in the field. It would in no way influencer the quality of the Olympic tournament.”
Bach spoke to Woods during the skiing world championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, in February, where Woods was supporting then-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn.
“Tiger already said, ‘I would love to play and I will do everything to qualify, but I’m not sure whether it will work,'” Bach said.
Judging by his play at St. Andrews, in which Woods missed his second consecutive cut in a major championship (for the first time in his career), it looks like the athletes at the 2016 Rio Games will be safe from the notorious habits of the former world number one.