Tiger Woods' Fart and the Biggest Lapses in Golf Etiquette
With the Masters approaching, we all are reminded of the nuances of golf, especially with regards to etiquette.
Augusta National is the nicest course that the professionals play all year (no disrespect to other venues), and it holds a great standard of tradition.
As we all know, professionals are not exactly the best at following these traditions, and most often it leads to some sort of "scandal."
Tiger Woods and His Fart
Okay, you saw it in the title, and like I did at first, you said "what?" Well, have no fear, the video is here. Check around nine seconds to hear exactly what's so funny to Tiger and Steve.
While this isn't exactly a golf crime in etiquette, it certainly isn't something looked upon favorably. While it is funny, accidental and not in a real tournament, Tiger definitely let one slip here. He's just got to watch out for the microphones—they hear everything now (or it was just loud).
Tiger's farting is too accidental to be a major lapse, but it still gave us a chuckle
We all know about this one: Tiger Woods spit on a golf green!
Okay, so yet again, not the most respectful thing he could have done, but let's be serious here. Everyone spits. Tiger just chose a horrible time to spit. He also chose to be the wrong person. Sergio Garcia got away scotch-free from the European Tour sanctions on his money that Tiger received.
I think the biggest issue here is where he spit. Had he not made it so blatant, it probably would have been easier to forgive.
If you thought you had enough Tiger, well, you have.
Everything Else Tiger Does
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Except, everything Tiger does seems to be a lack of etiquette. The price of being the superstar of golf that he is would be the intense scrutiny.
Tiger always seemed to be the person that was unflappable on the course. He had a dead stare in his eye, and you knew greatness was coming.
However, Tiger's emotions now seem to get the best of him. Slamming clubs, tossing them, swearing. Everything Woods does is wrong.
While I really don't see an issue with anything but throwing clubs, it is yet again an accepted etiquette associated with golf.
Cameras in the Back Swing
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So you're at the first tee of the club championship, you have slept in and are ready to play. You step up to the first tee and start to turn back, when you hear a camera.
For about five minutes, it's fun. For an hour? Not very.
Let's be serious here, it is not that hard to keep opportunities like that for a practice round, the range or just timing that creates opportunities.
So why is it so bad for a pro? Generally, they are the best at it. However, being the best doesn't mean that everyone has the privilege to interrupt a golfer to find out where is is going and what he is doing. The media is the biggest offender of them all on this top five.
Sergio Garcia Spits in the Cup
So if Tiger spitting on the green was bad, how bad is Sergio spitting in the cup? His first offense of two known issues (the other mentioned on the third slide), Sergio did what he always does: missed putts.
After enough frustration with the putter, Sergio went ahead, took aim and unleashed. Into the cup. It's not like Tiger, where not many people would have to putt over it. Everyone has to finish the hole, and to do that was just not intelligent by Garcia.
This is the worst of the five here. No chance for the others. While I love Sergio, it wasn't as fun to watch knowing that he was struggling so horribly.