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Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

Posted on: January 28, 2010 2:36 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2010 11:28 pm
Although the criticism in golf circles over the two months since Tiger Woods began his spiral into exile has been fairly tame and downright limited in many regards, there have been a few salvos fired across the bow of the No. 1 golfer.

Jesper Parnevik, Colin Montgomerie and former coach Butch Harmon each have offered frank opinions on the fallout from the Woods scandal. The latest to join the choir, albeit with reasoned tones and a complete lack of hysteria, is Hall of Famer Tom Watson.

Watson, in an intervierw with an NBC affiliate in his hometown of Kansas City, said this week that he believes Woods not only needs to put his personal life on a fast fix-it list, he needs to rein in his outbursts on the golf course.

Over the past year, Woods' anger-fueled antics probaby reached a professional nadir, with two publicized incidents wherein thrown clubs wound up in hazards or the gallery.

"His swearing and his club throwing, that should end. That's not part of what we want to project as far as a professional golf tour is concerned," Watson said in the interview.

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Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2010 2:35 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

Watson is just a jealous old man whose time has past. All the people criticizing Tiger now, have hated him for being non-white and dominating the sport.
There are many many other PGA pros who occasionally throw golf clubs (Woody Austin), who cuss like a drunken sailor, and who could be perceived as jerks.
Tiger gets undue scrutiny because he is so dominant; and the old golfers who couldn't get the kind of money he is getting are just envious.
Watson was no gentleman in his day.
He needs to shut his pie hole, and thank Tiger for the increased interest Tiger has brought to Golf. That increased interest has fattened his paycheck on the PGA and Senior Tour.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2010 8:56 am
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Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2010 8:53 am

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

The cursing is tolerable, as almost everyone has absolutely let out more than a few obcenities after a wayward shot or two, or a mistake that you can't correct that keeps recurring.  Ive let out my fair share of F-Bombs over screw ups, especially easy shots that you know you can make.  That said however, club throwing is NOT TOLERABLE and anyone who plays the game with any reularity should realize this, period. 

You only need to look back a few years and find the golf article about the golfer who swung his putter against the golf cart after a missed putt, while his buddy was in the cart.  The X-ray told the story as the putter shaft broke in half and swung around and punctured the friend right through the NECK!!! Narrowly missing his jugular and luckily also missing his spinal cord, the guy did survive, but it was a case in point about letting golf clubs fly just because you missed a shot. 

Tour pros, of all people, should realize this especially with all the people around when they play.  Not to mention the fact that they ARE role models for young golfers and older ones who are clueless such as yourself perhaps.  If anyone in my foresome ever starts this nonsense I let them know about it and remind them of that same article, besides most of us arent good enough to get that mad over a game.  The pros are good enough to get mad, and with all the pressure and competition they SHOULD get mad when they screw up, BUT acting out violently with a golf club, which certainly can be a deadly weapon, is never cool!

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2010 10:12 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

Sorry, don't buy it.  What makes him great is his golfing ability.  Now, you apparently are saying that not only is it his golfing ability, but also the fact that he is a jerk.  I don't buy it.  Jack Nicklaus proved that.  Actually, he got better when he decided that he didn't have to be a jerk to play great golf.  You may not be old enough to remember, but when Jack came on tour, his nickname was "'ol sourpuss."  He learned who paid his bills and learned not to be so full of himself.  Then, he got great.  Bobby Knight is another one that comes to mind.  Sure, he knew how to teach and strategy.  But, imagine how many great players would have been willing to play at Indiana had it not for the fact that they had self-respect and didn't want to put up with his garbage.  He easily could have had 5-6 national championships.  But, his technique is one that very rarely gets the best out of his players or inspires people to come play for him.  Imagine how much Tiger could make or how well he could play if the only thing he had to worry about was playing great golf, rather than putting out fires.  Plus, he could be happy at the same time.  Sorry, but his attitude has nothing to do with his ability to play golf.  But, his golf does allow him to think that what kind of a human being he is doesn't matter.  Maybe he will learn the old axiom:  If a man looses his honer, what else does he have (or something similar).  Tiger has no honor and is admired only for his golf talent.  Shallow indeed.  

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2010 8:03 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

One of the things lost in Mr Watson's comments is how most, if not all, courses have been 'Tigerproofed' specifically to confound the greatest golfer of this generation.  If not all time.  We never heard about courses being 'Arnie-proofed' or 'Jack-proofed'.  I don't blame these course directors, because it was pretty clear early in Tiger's career that nobody would even be close in the major tournaments, other than Maybe The Open Championship. 

If a statistical analysis was done on anybody's game, you could design a course to set up against anybody's swing.  So I don't blame Tiger for the occasional outburst.  He's still the man.  And you jealous flamers out there, you're probably mad Tiger didn't give it to you so shut your impotent mouths.  Nobody cares what you and your boyfriend do behind closed doors, so butt your nose out of other people's business.

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2010 7:53 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too


Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2010 7:51 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

shut up watson ya goof.. tiger demands perfection from himself and thats where it comes from. just because you aint even half the golfer he is or never had a following anywhere near SIR TIGER you have to open your gate just like a grumpy  old man, what are jealous of tiger and the money hes got? i mean i know your rich as well but who cares ABOUT YOU, hell no one unless your related to them and give them some cash. so can you plz go back to the geriatric tour and shut up. thx

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2010 3:23 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

He is the best, most dominant golfer that has ever walked planet Earth. Actually, he is not a jerk..I, unlike you, have actually met and spent 4 hours with Tiger..Not a jerk..And maybe if more players took their time, they would make their putts, or execute their drives and approaches, kinda like Tiger does. And try calling Tiger a "kid" to his face. News flash: he is huge. I caddied for him when he was in shorts and a light golf shirt. He would destroy you. On and off the course. Get your facts straight before you talk so negatively about someone you dont even know, a-hole.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2010 12:12 am

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

Prediction: Woods' first tournament back playing again will be the most-watched event in the history of golf.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2010 10:49 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

Tiger Woods should not pay attention to 50 year olds who never won much. The reason why the public is so in love and fascinated with Tiger Woods is that he is a winner, is good looking, young, energetic and very approachable. His swearing shows that he is not arrogant or thinks that he is better than anyone. If the majority of Americans swear and get upset when they make a mistake (I know I do) why can't Tiger Woods. I find it incredible that all the people who are calling out Tiger Woods are people who have felt slighted by him...winning too much does that. Lol....We must remember that the PGA is also the same group that got upset when Michelle Wie would not stick to playing with women. Apparently, losing to a non white male was not bad enough...they have to face the prospect of losing to an Asian female.....oh no! I am looking forward to a world where there are not so many out of touch white folks passing judgment on non whites. When John Daly was getting into trouble was there as much criticism? No, but that's because it's acceptable for white people to behave badly.
Jesper Parvernik is a windbag. Elin married Tiger because he was young and incredibly wealthy. Jepser only wishes he was Tiger Woods. Elin is Swedish and another famous couple's marriage is also on the rocks. Yes, you guessed it. That other couple's wife is also Swedish who also married a very wealthy non white. I'm not saying Swedish women are racist. I'm not even saying that they are gold diggers. All I am saying is that according to the players who compete against Tiger....his womanizing was well renown and everyone knew about his "addiction". Elin had to have known. I can't imagine Jesper's wife not telling Elin "Look, Elin....before you fall deeply in love with Tiger there is something you should know. He is a player in the truest sense of the word. Don't expect him to remain faithful to you once you two are married." Elin responds by saying..."That's OK. I don't plan on being with him for long anyway. I'm going to bide my time, have a couple of kids and then find a way to end the marriage and come out looking like the victim. Oh yeah...I have a plan. I always had. It started when I was in high school and thought of how I could land a rich husband. I just never thought that it would be a golfer. I never envisioned marying an old 45+ year old white golfer. I had my eye on a famous football (soccer) player or maybe even a young hotshot racecar driver. But never a golfer.  Greg Norman is very wealthy, but he is also very old. Thank God Tiger became a golfer." 

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