One little comment about Tiger signing (or not signing) autographs. I have been to a lot of golf tournaments over the years, and I can honestly say that I have never seen a player get the attention that Tiger gets on the course. I saw Nicklaus in his prime, and he didn't have to deal with people yelling at him as he walked from every green to the next tee. Begging for autographs, asking for his golf ball, shouting his name.
This goes on during the final round of tournaments. Last year at the WGC-Bridgestone International at Firestone CC, in a very close tournament that Tiger won, the crowds around him were larger and more rude than I had ever seen. Why doesn't he sign very many autographs? Because he can't. He is there to win a tournament and play golf to the best of his ability. I've talked to other people who have gone to practice rounds and have been able to get Tiger's autograph, have their picture taken with him, etc.
Tiger is a bigger celebrity than golf has ever seen before, far more famous than any of the other players on the tour. Because we often think we "own" celebrities, they sometimes have to shut us out so that they can do the job that made us love them in the first place.
From everything I can tell, Tiger seems like a good guy who is more famous than he could have ever imagined. People should give him a break.
September 7, 2006
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