Tiger Woods: 5 Things He Gets in Trouble for That Average Guys Do Everyday
Whether you like Tiger Woods or not, you have to admit his actions are monitored and ridiculed like no other athlete in history.
This is especially true when it comes to Tiger's behavior on the golf course.
If a no-name player slams his club, that is just part of the game.
But if Tiger slams his club, it is a horrendous act that disgraces the spirit of the game.
I am not saying all of Tiger's actions on the course are admirable. Some of them are far from it.
What I am saying is many treat him unfairly because of who he is.
Tiger allowed himself to become an easy target. So now it seems people take shots at him every chance they get.
All I ask is that before you start attacking Tiger for his behavior, watch some of his "co-workers." Then tell me if Tiger is really all that different.
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Is it good for the game that Tiger swears?
Of course not; I am not trying to claim that it is.
But if listen closely to weekend coverage of most PGA Tour events, you will hear a lot of the players using words you wouldn't say to your grandma.
The main reason every notices when Tiger swears, however, is because every single shot of every single tournament is shown on TV.
It doesn't matter if Tiger is totally out of contention, people watch golf to see Tiger.
So big deal if Tiger swears on the course. Last time I checked he wasn't the only one.
2. Slamming Clubs
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Again, announcers and fans are always all over Tiger for slamming his clubs into the ground after a shot he finds less than satisfactory.
Granted, this behavior isn't exactly stellar either, but Tiger is not the only player that slams clubs.
Watch the PGA Tour this weekend.
If you watch an entire round and not one other player is shown slamming his clubs into the ground, you are more than welcome to comment and tell me that I am way off base with this.
The fact is I know I am not.
It happens at your local course, and it happens on tour.
All I ask is that before someone jumps down Tiger's throat for poor behavior, make sure we are being fair.
You remember Tiger's "Spitgate."
Just a few weeks ago at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Tiger was caught spitting directly on a green.
The announcer called it "disgusting." The fans were up in arms. The European Tour went after his money.
I said, "Its golf. Tiger isn't the only player to spit on a green."
Sergio Garcia spit directly into the hole.
And while people got upset, they did not get as angry as they did with Tiger.
But Tiger is Tiger, and Sergio is, well, Sergio.
One has 14 majors; the other is still looking for his first.
4. Not Signing Autographs
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A major complaint about Tiger is his failure to sign autographs.
I totally disagree with this. I spent all seven days at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine.
The first few days I was like the thousands of other fans seeking autographs from my favorite players.
I saw players sign for hours, and I saw players sign for two minutes before walking off.
In my opinion, Tiger was by far not the worst player at signing autographs. There were others who were much worse.
And while I will not name any players in particular, those who call Tiger out for failing to sign autographs are off base.
5. Being Unfriendly
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This one extends to fellow players and media alike.
Talk to someone who is not very fond of Tiger, and you will hear how Tiger is unfriendly to his playing partners and refused to give the media the time of day.
Last time I checked, Tiger goes to the golf course to work. He does not go there to have fun or goof around with the boys.
But Tiger is not alone in his on the course solitude. Many PGA Tour professionals do not talk much on the course.
The difference is Tiger is an all-world talent.