2011 Masters: Why Rory McIlroy's Interview Made Fans and Tiger Woods' Lost Them

Tony Lee@@sheckiiContributor IIIApril 11, 2011

Woods may be lonelier than ever after icing the media at the 2011 Masters.
Woods may be lonelier than ever after icing the media at the 2011 Masters.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

No one is more charismatic than Tiger Woods when he wins. But when he loses, the former No. 1 golfer becomes the world's biggest, pouty sourpuss.

After his five-under-par 67 Sunday and posting the lowest score at the 2011 Masters up to that point, every golf fan wanted to know what went through his head.

Instead of answering simple questions, he did this at the post-game interview:  

"Right now, I'm one back and we'll see what Adam (Scott) does," and "I'm going to eat. I'm starving."

He completely iced the media and made it clear he won't answer questions about the round, his life and everything else in between.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, the 21-year-old Irishmen, gave an honest, heartbreaking interview after his catastrophic eight-over-par 80.

"I’m very disappointed at the minute and I’m sure I will be for the next few days, but I’ll get over it," he said.

"I have to take the positives and the positives are I led this golf tournament for 63 holes. I’ll have plenty more chances, I know that. It’s very disappointing what happened today and hopefully it will build a little bit of character in me as well.”

In sports, the saying "winning fixes everything" gets thrown around too flippantly. Woods needs to rebuild his image after his, um, transgressions, now more than ever; hoisting up a trophy won't magically be a cure. 

McIlroy, on the other hand, gave such a raw interview on national TV that everyone became empathetic.

Woods needs people to feel empathetic for the loss of his wife, children and a once-in-a-generation talent.

To be honest, I'm dumbfounded on how I could be so unforgiving to a man that literally lost everything, but that is what his post-game interview has done.

I get that Woods is such a competitor that finishing anything but second means failure. I get he gets sick of the media always asking about a comeback or why he didn't win a major.

But the media is only the reflection of what the public and, more importantly, what his fans want to know.

Instead, his I'm-going-to-eat variations are not only getting old but extinguished whatever momentum Woods had of becoming the face of golf again.

Well, a face that isn't the butt of every joke.

How he handles the media is apparently like asking a zebra to change his stripes. But if he doesn't change his post-game antics, maybe we should change the saying to asking a tiger to change his attitude.

And force ourselves to never give the 14-time major winner a chance again. 


** Check out my live coverage of Woods on Sunday on the Bleacher Report: 2011 Masters Leaderboard Day 4: Live Blog of Tiger Woods' Final Round at Augusta