Tiger Woods was upset at last weekend’s golf championship in Doral, FL because somebody snapped a photograph while Woods was “in transition of my golf swing."
Woods then called the perpetrator a jackass and threatened to break the neck of the next person who takes a picture during his swing.
My reaction? Deal with it, Tiger.
I fully understand the etiquette of golf which, at its entirety, borders on ridiculous by the way, and can see why someone could be a little upset because the gallery is asked to be quiet—deathly quiet—during a golfer’s swing.
However, it’s time to stop being so dreadfully serious during play.
I suppose that birds never chirp and leaves never rustle during the ever-important backswing?
When asked about crowd noise and distractions, premier athletes from most sports state that they can focus on the game, "zone in" on the task at hand, and are able to block out their less important surroundings.
This includes basketball, when thousands of fans are screaming and, when a player is at the foul line, wave their arms within the field of vision.
It also includes baseball in which a batter has to focus on a hard spherical object that is being thrown within three feet of their head at speeds of around 90 mph from a distance of 60 feet.
During this time, there is plenty of noise and, gasp, pictures being taken from all over the stadium.
While golfing, one has to strike a stationary object with absolutely no interjection from an opposing player.
It should be easier.
It is easier.
Focus on the ball. Hit the ball. Quit whining.
Oh, by the way, this goes for tennis as well. Don’t even get me started on that one.