Tiger Woods: More Important Than Golf?

Dayne DurantiCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2009

TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JULY 17:  Tiger Woods of USA during round two of the 138th Open Championship on the Ailsa Course, Turnberry Golf Club on July 17, 2009 in Turnberry, Scotland.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Golf writers, fans, and spectators everywhere are very upset with Tiger Woods.

He is being strung up in the town square for his actions during the Open Championship last week.

Recap: Tiger played miserably, threw clubs, used his clubs as stakes in the ground, and swore like a sailor in front of onlookers and millions of folks at home watching on television.

Certain members of our illustrious sporting press have even gone as far as to say that Tiger shouldn't be playing on the PGA Tour if he is going to behave in such a way because Golf is a gentleman's sport.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages and golf fans everywhere, do you want he honest truth? Or like Jack Nicholson said in A Few Good Men  "You can't handle the truth!"

The ugly truth is...Tiger Woods is more important than Golf.

He is bigger, he is better, more popular, richer, more famous, sought-after, pined-over, and made to be messiah-like than anyone else that has ever played the sport.

Tiger Woods is more like a Hollywood superstar than a golfer.

He is courted by the biggest companies in the world to advertise their products.

He owns a 155ft mega-yacht.

He is building his own compound in Florida. Just look out if it gets a name ending in "Land." Like Graceland or Neverland, that never ends up good.

So if you don't like the way he acts once in a while on a bad day, tough.

Because most of the world doesn't care what you think.

There have been a lot of great golfers through the years who were stars in their own right. Pioneers like Jack, Arnold, Payne, Player, and Watson just to name a few. But they were golfers, tried and true to the sport.

Tiger is more than just a golfer. He is a one man media-machine. A meglo-millionaire who happened to make his fortune playing golf, and is now using it to take over the world.

Bottom line is, before you know it the PGA Championship is going to be here.

Tiger is going to play well, he will be right there on Sunday afternoon, everybody will be happy and in Little Tiger Love again.

The actions of Turnberry will fade off into the distance.

And he will be at the top once more, where he belongs. 

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