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We only knew him as the pristine Tiger Woods, not as the dirty-talking philanderer that emerged as his persona earlier this year.

So, when the truth about his infidelity and dishonesty came to light, we couldn’t wait for Elin Nordegren to leave his sorry behind and take the kids with her back to Switzerland, where she came from. We insulted him sideways and swore to our spouses that if they or their woods ever (and I mean, “ever”) shamed us like Woods shamed his wife, we would show them who was boss.

In short, we couldn’t believe our eyes or ears when we heard details of how Woods betrayed his wife: mistresses from here to Timbuktu (including one or two who claimed to have been pregnant by him at some point), text messages from his phone that made everybody blush–and just every horrid action a husband could take.

Now, as news of their divorce hits the media circuits, there is a bit of solemness in the air. As we watch the Tiger Woods divorce saga, some of us feel like we’re witnessing a kind of quiet violence and its resulting funeral. No one seems to be a winner here.

Nordegren could gain all the money in the world from this divorce, but how much does it cost to erase the fact that she married a man who essentially maimed her in the public eye, betrayed her  trust and created potential wounds in the hearts of their two very young children? Some argue that money heals wounds, but the argument has proven itself false repeatedly. Look at Woods himself. He has money. Money didn’t save his soul.

Woods’ infidelity can’t be anything but a direct result of some of his innermost demons.

Not to play psychologist here, but chances are that something  inside of Woods (beside his testosterone) needed to be satiated outside of his home, and drove him to behave in such an irresponsible manner that he literally undid himself. Something deep down. Something dark. Something that needed healing.

Now,  as his latest golf games show, Woods is hardly playing to champion level. According to reports from the New York Daily News, he said playing golf amidst his divorce issues, “was a lot more difficult than [he] was letting on.” His wounds are costing him, emotionally and financially.

It’s hard not to hurt for his children… hurt for his wife. And hurt, just a little, even if secret (lest I get my feminist card revoked), for the incredibly Wounded Woods.

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