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On Saturday Tiger’s anger was on full display—so much so that it warranted talk of a fine from the PGA. And to that I say, “Get over it.”
The PGA is Tiger Woods. Golf is Tiger Woods. Ninety percent of the people who watch golf watch it primarily because of Tiger. Heck, of that 90 percent, 80 percent of them probably took up or grew an obsessive love for golf because of Tiger. Of that 80 percent, 75 percent of them couldn't care less that he’s “dishonoring the game” with his on-the-course swearing, club throwing and, in Saturday’s case, club kicking. They couldn't care less because deep down they probably derive joy from it.
Well, at least they would if Tiger were still killing two birds with one stone and actually winning majors instead of tight-roping the cut line.
I can sit here and tell you that I think that type of stuff is a disgrace to the game, that there is no room for it, and that I wouldn’t want my kid to look up to someone who handles himself on the course like that, but I would be lying to myself. The truth is that the majority of people out there get really, really angry when they golf and—guess what—they want to see professional golfers who are making millions of dollars to play a game go through the same type of on-the-course emotions as them. It’s truly the only way we can relate to them.
That’s the entire reason the rough at the U.S. Open is grown to eight inches high. The USGA, though it won’t admit it, wants to make these guys appear human for us amateur viewers out there. And that’s exactly what Tiger Woods is doing every time he hits a bad shot, and we shouldn’t try to fight it any longer.
But if you really are turned off by Tiger’s antics, then...