Tiger Woods: Why Darren Clarke Can't Be the Only Golfer Rooting for Tiger
Darren Clarke is fresh off winning the 2011 Open Championship at at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England.
He told reporters recently that he will be rooting for Tiger Woods and his comeback. Clarke is a friend of Tiger's, and even those that aren't friends with Tiger have to feel the same way.
Clarke cannot be the only golfer out there rooting for Tiger Woods to have success. Wait, how can this be? He is their competitor and enemy, why would they want to cheer for him to do well?
It's all about the benjamins baby. Money rules all in the world of sports, and really just in life. When Tiger is playing golf then more people are going to tune in. More fans will watch on television, as well as show up to events because of Tiger.
He is the biggest star in the sport, and when he plays there is more money to be made. Plus, they all know that Tiger makes golf much more interesting.
In every sport, earnings are based upon performance. However, in golf, there isn't a long term contract to fall back on. You have to succeed every week and in every tournament you play in.
Plus, not that many golfers dislike Tiger. They know what he does for the sport, and they love him for that.
Clarke mentions that Tiger is a great guy, and he is happy to be playing with him at the WGC Bridgestone tournament this weekend.
Beneath it all, beneath all the stuff that’s happened, self-inflicted or otherwise, he’s essentially a really good kid — a man — beneath everything. Sometimes his media image has been portrayed in a very poor, poor way, some of that, again, from some of the stuff that he’s been through.
But underneath it all, he has been a tremendous friend to me. And there’s a real good side to Tiger Woods that nobody ever fortunately gets a chance to see. That’s why.
I’m sure he will be trying to get himself back up to where he has been before, and personally I don’t doubt he’ll do that. But for us to have a chance to compete against him again can only be good for the game in general.
The majority of golfers have to agree with most of that.
They may have a different opinion on who Tiger is as a man, but they can all agree that as a golfer he does wonders for the game.
Tiger may not win this weekend, but his appearance at a golf tournament for the first time since May will have a great impact.
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