At the recently played PGA Championship in Akron, Ohio, Tiger Woods left for his home in Florida with four (4) holes still left of the course for him to play. There was an outside chance if he did well and the front runners did not do well that he could have forced a playoff. However, he decided not to hang around!
Doesn't it seem strange these days that so many sports icons would simply not complete what they are doing since they have no real chance of winning the event. To me this shows lack of character. Simply because we can't win something does not mean we should not complete it or sometimes not compete at all. That would leave most sporting events with a handful of people.
For Woods to simply skip out on the last four holes is not a good message to those who idolize him. "Hey kids, if you can't win, don't bother!" These days character building is not important anymore. Winning has become the all important factor. Like someone once said: "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing!"
Is this what we want our children to learn, or is there some small space left to teach character, even in sport?