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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: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2010 7:19 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

   You are another kool-aid drinking liberal. Number one golfer in the world who need to grow up. Thats what Woods needs to do. Throwing clubs, cussing and acting like a 3 year old when he makes a bad shot does not make him a better golfer. His God given tallent and desire to win makes him what he is. If he was just another golfer acting like he does the media would be all over him. But he gets a pass. I really feel sorry for him. Money is the root of all evil, wake up Mr. Woods.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2010 12:32 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

Sadly I think the days where Tiger is not afraid to be himself are long gone. Before the unraveling of his social affairs his private life was heavily protected. Now that those walls have come crashing down and the damage is still being accesses, I think it is pretty safe to say his PR people will be scrutinizing his every move both on and off the course. Bottom line is Tiger Woods is not just a perrson or proffessional athlete he is a near billion dollar business empire whose stake holders are breaking down every segment of their business trying to get back to their apex.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2010 7:46 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

I totally agree with Watson. I am sure that Woods has never claimed tp be a role model, but it is a title he has to accept. He is looked up to by so many people, to include millions of kids, profanity and bad sportsmanship is not acceptable. Woods has used profanity many time while I have watched him on tv, and it is very selfish on his part. Actually, when Woods speaks to the cameramen, he seems condesending modt of the time. It is easy to tell that Woods is a very self centered individual, and is not very approachable. Perhaps a touch of humble pie  is needed, which he will enjoy for a while. Still, I hope that he overcomes this bad situation, and evolves into a better more normsl person in the future.

Since: Jan 10, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2010 4:08 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

You, Watson and all of the other hypocrites posting these negative comments need to clean up your acts as well.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2010 7:51 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

Some of you guys must live in another world. Only reason I started watching golf almost 15 year ago was because of Tiger Woods, and no, he's not my hero(my mother is). Anyone over the age of 16 who still considers a professional athlete a hero should blame their parents. Love to know which one of you has never swore or threw something while at work. Don't think anyone could say they never have done either of those. As for his marital failings, that is between him and his family. With statistics of a marriage lasting more than 3 years a coinflip(have been married for 7 years), who are we to judge. As for Tom Watsons remarks, I'm sure the 200 or so people who attended the tourneys he played in 3 decades ago could verify a curse word or 2 or maybe even smacking his putter into his bag. Nobody has or ever will have every step followed and played under a microscope the way tiger does. I'm guessing watsons' 1/2 mile jog around the 17th geen at pebble beach in the 77'u.s open after a hole out birdie from the grass thicket is what he wants projected for the pro tour! Was this ok since it was a great shot? Doesn't sound like good sportsmanship to me, but then again I've broken a club or two and I curse at myself plenty on the course. Heres to hoping tiger hits watson next time he throws a club.

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2010 7:09 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too


Thanks for writing the story.  Tom Watson had the courage to tell the TRUTH about Tiger.  Honestly, before this was written, I didn't know Tiger was throwing clubs on the course like some of the hackers that I have played with and no longer do.  If the hackers swear on the course and get mad, I don't play with them either.  Why do I need to watch an angry man play golf?  Tiger needs to get things right in his life.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2010 6:49 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too


you said "don't make things up pretending to know what you are talking about"

but prior to that you also said:

"Slow Player? No... Generally he is 40 yards ahead of his playing partner so he is ready to play right away when the other guy hits"


Are the rules different on tour to your standard course, because you generally have to hang back and allow the player(s) in your group farthest away to take their shot first before you can approach your ball "40 yards ahead" to take yours? He wouldn't be hovering over his ball 40 yards in front of his peers waiting for them to take their shot, he would be out of view, which would usually involve being to one side off the fairway or behind them. Golf etiquette.

Granted, this may not translate when you are sat at home watching "live golf coverage" as the picture jumps from player to player, hole to hole.

Feel free to correct my take on your assessment, if it needs correction.

Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2010 1:49 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

Like it or not, Tiger Woods has to be who he is and not what others want him to be.

How has that worked out regarding his marriage?

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2010 1:12 pm

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

He's no better than any of those NBA players constantly in trouble. At least they have an excuse, most were brought up in poverty in very tough conditions. Eldred has no excuse and his poor father if he where still alive would be ashamed of him.

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2010 8:59 am

Watson: Woods must clean up on-course act too

Are you kidding me, anything written about tiger being a jerk never gets old.  Coulndt stand him before and everybody worshipped him..Now look at your Hero!!  Keep writing these articles I love it!!  Keep letting him have it Watson, somebody should finally!!

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