This Week at TravelGolf.com:
July 19, 2005
A 5-year-old Tiger Woods
would destroy Michelle Wie
The 5-year-old Tiger Woods digitally transplanted onto the Old
Course in that new Nike commercial likely knew more about winning
Wie ever will.
The kid with the great smile on his face whacking that orange ball
with that mini wood displays an obvious joy and feel for the game
that not even Nike turning it into a sentimental wallet-grab can
take away from. In other words, kindergarten Tiger shows two of
the qualities lacking in golf's latest prodigy, the endlessly overhyped,
This is worth mentioning because in the wake of Tiger Woods' victory
Sunday at St. Andrews, his 10th major title, and Wie doing just
enough not to do anything
significant at the Amateur Public Links, the golf world still
somehow remains out of kilter. For Woods continues to be targeted
by doubters, while Wie is treated like she walks on water. (Come
to think of it, she might find that easier than actually winning
When TravelGolf.com Managing Editor Mark Nessmith used this spot
week to muse that there's no downside to Wie mania because he
enjoyed staring at Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue as
a teenager, I chalked it up to the happy, mad mutterings of a man
who lives in a castle in Europe with two women at his beck and call.
(For more on this, stay tuned to the continuing
series on the ultimate Bad Golfer's lesson plan.)
But when you turn on ESPN Sunday night, post Claret Jug raising,
and the commentator starts talking about Tiger Woods kind of proving
something, well, it's not just one fool in a castle anymore. Kind
of proved something? Let's get this straight: Tiger Woods has nothing
to prove. He's passed Ben Hogan in career majors now, passed him
like Hogan was some sort of hack waiting for a game at the local
muni rather than one of the legends of the game. He has 10 majors
at the point Jack
Nicklaus had seven. Woods won the British Open going away despite
the fact that his putter backfired as often as a '78 Pinto in Sunday's
Tiger Woods is done needing to justify his game ever again. Tiger
says he needs to completely revamp his swing for the third time?
Go for it. Tiger elects to hire another psychotic caddy? Tom
Cruise perhaps? More power to him. Tiger decides he wants to
make babies with the Swedish nanny? Buy him a diaper bag, don't
put him on the couch.
Enough with the psycho babble over Tiger Woods. He knows better
than you. That's why he is Tiger.
Woods deserves the kind of fawning treatment Wie's been getting.
He's actually earned it. He's done more than look cute and, as TravelGolf.com
Mario breathlessly explains of Wie, "almost" make cuts in historic
Which is why I'd take that 5-year-old Tiger in a matchup with the
15-year-old Wie any day.
Sure, he couldn't hit it very far with that mini wood, but he'd
find a way to win. Even if he had to spit Cheerios at Wie as she
putted. And Wie'd find a way to squander her huge talent edge -
even if she had a two-footer to go 8-up. He's Tiger, she's Wie.
That's the truth of your legacies.
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