Tiger Woods: The 10 Biggest Verbal Spats of Tiger's Career

Immer Chriswell@@immerrangeCorrespondent IMay 20, 2011

Tiger Woods: The 10 Biggest Verbal Spats of Tiger's Career

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12:  Tiger Woods looks on from the fifth hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty
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    As we've come to know, Tiger Woods doesn't have many emotions outside of happy or frustrated (maybe furious). As a result of that, his personality has come through ever more with the media.

    And, it's come through with his relationships on tour. Tiger has had many a disagreements with players. And it's gotten ugly occasionally. Nobody's had the audacity to confront Tiger, but can you imagine what that scene could yield?

    Let's take a closer look at some of the "disagreements" Tiger has had in his career.

Sergio Garcia

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    FT. WORTH, TX - MAY 19: Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club on May 19, 2011 in Ft. Worth, Texas. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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    This was pretty short, and it never seemed to be a serious feud. But when Sergio accused Tiger of being human in 2002, he had to be terminated, and Sergio was.

    He shot 74, Woods shot 72 and won the US Open at Bethpage.

Ian Poulter

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    CASARES, SPAIN - MAY 19:  A portrait of Ian Poulter of England during the group stages of the Volvo World Match Play Championships at Finca Cortesin on May 19, 2011 in Casares, Spain.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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    At one point, Ian said at the top of his game, it would be just him and Tiger.

    Well, clearly that one isn't working out for him three to four years later. Poulter's struggled to remain relevant, and Tiger's the same. 

    Not really a spat, but definitely some words that Tiger had to process and deal with.

Tiger Who?

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    CHASKA, MN - AUGUST 14:  Vijay Singh of Fiji walks with his caddie Chad Reynolds on the 16th hole during the second round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on August 14, 2009 in Chaska, Minnesota.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Gett
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    After Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh took down Notah Begay and Tiger, Vijay's caddy got a little cocky, stitching "Tiger Who?" on the back of his hat. What happened to him?

    Well, he also lost his next match to Woods, not to mention at 2 and 1 in the President's Cup.

Bubba Watson

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 14:  Bubba Watson hits hits tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 14, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwoo
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    This barely classifies as a spat. A lot of people agree with Bubba. I'm on the point of can we stop and just let these guys talk about their own game, Tiger included?

    Bubba was asked a question, and didn't feel like not answering the question. Although I disagreed with responding, in general he didn't really say anything overly offensive, and Tiger shook of the remarks with a smile.

Phil Mickelson

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 14:  Phil Mickelson hits an approach shot on the ninth hole during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 14, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Streete
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    Again, a spat? No. A respect? Somewhat. A struggle? Yes. It's been constant since Phil became a contender on tour. These two guys are different in many ways, and it's unbelievable how much you can see the disdain for one another.

    They always project respectfully, but when it's situations like the Ryder Cup and they're paired together, things don't turn out well.

    The spat in this one is more mental, but there is one. Phil's just too soft-spoken to cross the line.

Stephen Ames

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    RIO GRANDE, PR - MARCH 11:  Stephen Ames of Canada watches his drive during the second round of the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com at Trump International Golf Club on March 11, 2011 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Get
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    Well, he was so intelligent to go off saying about his chances of beating Tiger and the level and his game. And look where it got him: woodshedded the next day, 9&8.

    Moral of the story? Tiger doesn't talk back, he takes your golf game and shoves it back down your throat.

Rory McIlroy

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    CASARES, SPAIN - MAY 19:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the group stages of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin on May 19, 2011 in Casares, Spain.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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    This is ongoing, and never seems to end. Rory is a very honest young man, and you have to respect him for that. But he, as Bubba, has this awful tendency to allow anything to slip out of his mouth when he knows to stay quiet.

    Tiger has outwardly praised McIlroy, and I'm sure he understood how McIlroy felt during the 2011 Masters, and after. Although these comments  have gotten to Tiger, he still carries little emotion, so I wouldn't worry about Rory's future.

Rory Sabbatini

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 15:  Rory Sabbatini of South Africa hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 15, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Phot
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    Another man to say how beatable Tiger was.

    So what did this man win?

    A series of defeats, and as many wins as Tiger averages per year as he has over his lifetime.

Johnny Miller

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    ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 26:  NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller watches the action during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Gett
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    This man seems to always have an issue with what Tiger does.

    And I've finally come up with a theory: he cares about Tiger.

    The truth is, only someone who really likes Tiger would go so far to criticize him. Why? Because as a fellow golfer, and the most legitimate analyst for the game, Miller knows what Tiger is still capable of.

    Miller may have softened recently, as he admitted that he thought Tiger had a chance at Sawgrass if his irons were on.

Kelly Tilghman

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  Sportscaster Scott Van Pelt and Kelly Tilghman attend EA SPORTS Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 Party at NikeTown on June 25, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for EA Sports)
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    The remarks she made were awful. She wasn't thinking, and I won't be repeating her words on this article.

    Tiger accepted her apology, but it's still the nature of the comment. Although it wasn't intended that way, to even choose those words in general is frowned upon. Bad choice of words, but Tiger has gotten over it.

    This is by far the worst issue Tiger's had between himself and another person, just based on what was said.