Has Tiger Woods lost his mind? Sunday fly home from PGA Championship makes one wonder
Apparently, Tiger Woods believes in Phil Mickelson’s nerves more than anyone else in golf. Including Mickelson himself, who joked about the agony of having to sleep on the lead for yet another additional night at the delayed PGA Championship even after he finally won it Monday.
Tiger must think Phil Mickelson is Jack Nicklaus, rather than just some red-light-loving dork who taps on the Nicklaus plaque because he knows the cameras are watching.
How else can you explain Woods’ bizarre admission today that he flew home to Isleworth on Sunday night even though he was the clubhouse leader. Yes, if there had been a playoff on Monday at Baltusrol, Tiger would have likely been DQed from his recliner in Florida.
Is this the stupidest thing you ever heard of in major championship golf or what? Suddenly, even Terrell Owens looks like a master travel agent by comparison. What was Shaq throwing a great block party Sunday night that Tiger couldn’t miss?
Look, I’ve lived in New Jersey. I can understand someone wanting to get away from New Jersey. But to not be able to stick it out for one night with your 11th major potentially on the line is almost unfathomable.
Maybe, Tiger had the Gulfstream idling. Maybe, the pushovers at the PGA of America would have conveniently pushed back the playoff start in time for Tiger to roll in. But still a little crazy, no? This isn’t like waiting to the last minute to see if you can make it in time for Uncle Leo’s wedding.
Some of the other pros bring up the great point that Tiger’s mere presence on the practice range could have sent those nerves jangling even more Monday morning.
“I thought he’d be hitting balls Monday morning at the golf course, because it’s a tough course to finish on and it’s a major championship,” Stewart Cink told the Associated Press today. “If anything, just him being there at the clubhouse and being seen might have affected the way they played on Monday.”
Now, Tiger has to be reminded he’s intimidating!
What was Tiger thinking?
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Seriously, was Tiger thinking about Phil? Maybe he was thinking more along the lines of Elkington not backing down, but even if he was thinking about Phil he knew that Phil was 4 under on the last 2 par 5s for the first 3 days. It doesn't take a mathematical genius to figure the odds on that one.
Not sure where you now live, but we who are doomed to live in the "Garden State" are not exactly mourning your leaving...nothing personal mind you.
Regarding Tiger, his premature departure just further demonstrates his ability to live above the law. This jerk has no respect for the game, his fellow pros, or his misguided fawning legion of sycophants. That aside, he's a real sweetheart of a guy! Just ask Steve 'Thug' Williams.
Flying away from a Major while still in contention hardly equates with a profanity...unless of course one is hypersensitive about defending their ethnicity.
Bottom line, Tiger should have stayed for a number of reasons, and he probably left for a number of self serving reasons. None of which merit all this talk and degradation of his character. He is not selling the countries secrets or soul, he is not selling drugs or killing people, and he is not stealing peoples retirement money. He is playing golf, and simply decided not to show up for work one day. Not a hanging offense, not a stop the presses news event, and certainly not a direct insult to anyone who lives in the real world.
I should have taken the time to read you comments. I would have saved myself a lot of time and kept my sometimes zealous temperment, and blood pressure, at acceptable levels. You are right on point about the focus of prior comments, including mine. However, his decision could have resulted in his embarassment...therefore, it was his choice. And it turn out to be correct. Thank you for your insightfulness.
Just about every time that I see Tiger on TV, he does something that I consider distasteful, immature and unbecoming of a professional of any kind. He and his goon of a caddy regularly disrespect his fans and fellow pros by displays of vulgarity, rudeness and sheer disregard of anyone elses feelings. Tiger does not seem to care that he is on camera when he spits on the greens, occasionally damages them, tosses and bangs clubs on the ground, and curses consistently. (Believe it or not, the PGA does fine him occasionally for his outbursts but monetary fines are ridiculously inconsequential to him and offer no deterrence whatsoever). This type of behavior goes against the 'laws' of human decency. His fans seem to be blessed with blinders that don't allow them to see him for the phony, egotistical brat that he truly is. He needs some serious mentoring but I don't see such a colossal ego as his ever entertaining any constructive advice. I believe that he is doomed to perpetual adolescence. And that's such a shame considering his immense talent and worldwide influence. And he's probably really not even to blame...you can guess the rest.
If you had even a rudimentary knowledge of golf history you'd know how many times fields have come back to players who've posted scores early in Majors. The notion that he had to prepare for the next event is lame excuse making.
You're defending Tiger not because he did the right thing...but because of his skin color. It's interesting...if this had been Ernie Els leaving I would bet that every respondent who has criticized Woods would be criticizing him. Race would have nothing to do with the issue. It only seems to be a sore point with you.
It isn't a question of violating a particular rule. It is a matter of common sense. Talk is talk....what Woods does is far more important than what he says.
Thanks for your suggestion, but if I stopped watching Tiger on TV, it would deprive me of that rare pleasure of seeing his gut-wrenching losses. I will admit that I love it when he is in contention, but ultimately can't close the deal! The one positive thing about Tiger is that he has brought much-needed excitement to the game.
I have watched Jack, Arnie, Gary, Tom, Johnny, Ben and most of the other top pros for many years and I can honestly say that I have never seen any of them throw a club, spit or curse on the golf course. If they had behaved that way on national TV , it would have not have gone unnoticed and would have disappointed me immensely. The distinction is this...they all have class..Tiger does not and never will. We have come to expect this childish behavior from him and it appears that it has become acceptable to the masses. While you are certainly entitled to admire and defend him, I have chosen not to. I see him as a poor role model for today's youth. He puts wealth, winning, and success above human decency and that does not impress me. I can only hope that he soon matures a bit, and with that he will become more aware of all the young lives that his poor behavior influences. Unfortunately, it appears that his ego is so great that an exemplary manner is not likely to ever develop. I seriously hope that he will prove me wrong. But until I see a dramatic change in him, I will continue to call 'em as I see 'em.
This has nothing to do with liking or not liking Woods...that premise misses the point from the beginning. Golf is NOT Notre Dame-Michigan...where Coaches and players stretch the rules at every opportunity and only feel regret when caught. Golf is nothing if not self regulating....it simply is better than other sports.
Tiger was wrong and disrespectful..period. Ivory can ride the racial pony around the block all day...and you can ride the "it's not an official rules violation" excuse until it drops....and neither will be closwer to the spirit of the game that when they started. It was low class and it would not have been done by any of the previous mentioned.
I have only a few words for you. Google in "The Tiger Woods Foundation".
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