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Woods goes ballistic: The movie

Posted on: September 5, 2009 2:38 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2009 11:35 am
NORTON, Mass. -- Herein lies the lesson.

If you do something dumb in a public place, even at an event where cameras and cellphones are explicitly banned, there's a decent chance it will end up posted on the Internet.

Tiger Woods on Saturday became Exhibit A in that regard.

One day after perhaps his most memorable meltdown in 13 years of PGA Tour play, an incident that took place 60 yards from the gallery in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, a surreptitious clip of the outburst turned up on YouTube (as of Monday, it had been removed).

Woods, wearing black, is standing over the ball as the clip, which was recorded illegally by a fan, begins. About five seconds into the clip, he two-hand tomahawks the driver off the ground and into the gunch to his left, at which point caddie Steve Williams had to go pull it out of the weeds. The clip doesn't have any sound, so it fails to capture the profane stream that Woods screamed at himself as the drive sailed into the trees and his driver disappeared in the hay.

The two morons in the back-right portion of the shot are Jason Sobel of and yours truly. The other guys are a gallery marshal and a member of the Norton Police Department, who was serving as roving security with the threesome.

Notice how Woods never broke stride as he walked past Williams as the latter retrieved the club from a wispy wetlands area, where, if it had been rainy, might have swallowed up the driver for good. As Woods walks coolly past the amateur cameraman, it's like the incident never happened.

Category: Golf

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2009 2:10 pm

Woods goes ballistic: The movie

Wow, I didn't know you were Tiger's mom - so defensive! Look, dude, I'm not the guy tossing his clubs in disgust, dropping "F" bombs when I miss the fairway, and stuff like that. Even though I'm a hack golfer, I still display better on-course ettiquette than Tiger does, and he's SUPPOSSED to be a professional. One more thing; you're probably too young to know first hand, but I'm not - Nicklaus and Palmer were always classy. They never behaved as Tiger does. No misrepresentation of facts, no hating - just voicing my opinion. I guess you fail to see your own hypocricy in your calling me a "complete jerk". Too funny.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2009 7:49 pm

Woods goes ballistic: The movie

You should really spend a quarter and buy a clue. Tiger has done more for golf than any other player in the history of the sport. He's also a class act who happens to be human. If you seriously think that Palmer, Nicklaus, et al never showed similar emotion on the course, you need to do a bit more research. In particular, Nicklaus was a perfectionist just as Woods is and every once in a while would get mad on the course and let the occasional profanity slip. Unlike you, I can respect people like Nicklaus AND Tiger. You're sorry attempt to characterize him as a "schmuck" or "petulant child" simply reveals your true nature as a hateful person who derives pathetic thrills from misrepresenting facts. In short, you, "sir," are a complete jerk.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2009 7:42 pm

Woods goes ballistic: The movie

Pretty pathetic. Not Woods, but the writer of this "big story." Give me a break. This is nothing, yet like some loser, he pounces on this incident while failing to acknowledge the vast majority of positive displays exhibited by Tiger. You think Nicklaus or Palmer never acted in similar fashion every now and then? Even the most casual golfer can relate to this. It happens in sports.. Heck, it happens in life. This guy should stop trying to create something out of nothing and perhaps focus on more substantive issues.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2009 11:30 am

Woods goes ballistic: The movie

This is the reason I don't like or root for Tiger. He's a complete jerk. As the games biggest star, possible ever, he has a duty to be an ambassador for the game that has provided him with millions and millions of dollars. He is arguably the premier name in all of sport, yet he behaves like a petulant child. I hope he grows up, learns some self control, and treats the game with class. Until he does, he will remain a schmuck that I will never like. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart, Phil Mickelson, all gentlemen, all players who Woods can look to as examples of how to carry oneself.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2009 7:01 pm

Woods goes ballistic: The movie

It Didn't ever happen loser. That's the way it works. Let off  a little steam and forget it. It gives people like you something to write about. What would you do without it? 

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