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What we could have been talking about this week

Posted on: February 10, 2010 1:06 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2010 1:08 pm

A couple of tournaments have passed since Tiger Woods would traditionally have made his first start of the season, but this week again underscores how much his absence is felt. Rather painfully, too.

Ten years ago, basically to the week, at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, is where the Tiger legend was truly cemented.

Pebble was like the Cape Canaveral of the West Coast, and liftoff was achieved when he erased a seven-stoke deficit with seven holes to play to win the tournament, the beginning of a season that truly put him in a different orbit altogether.

Four months later, he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by a record-obliterating 15 strokes. Then he won the British Open by a commanding eight shots. And the PGA Championship two months later in a stirring playoff.

Sure, Woods had won eight times in 1999 and was clearly off and running at age 23, but his nine-victory season in 2000, with the three majors included, was indisputably his career-defining campaign. The following April, he won the 2001 Masters to complete the first wraparound Grand Slam in history.

Last fall, there was plenty of speculation among fans and media as to whether Woods would return to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week, a tournament he had scratched off his annual visitation list years earlier. But since Pebble Beach is again hosting the U.S. Open this summer, plenty of other pros have jumped into the field this week to get an advanced look-see.

Besides, everybody reasoned, the Pebble Pro-Am is sponsored by AT&T, one of his biggest sponsors. It made perfect sense. Some of us booked hotel rooms months in advance.

We all know what has happened since. His reputation and persona unraveled like the rubber band interior of an old wound ball, spinning wildly out of control to reveal a lumpy, misshaped core. OK, I digress.
If Woods’ personal life hadn’t drowned in a sea of tabloid ink, this week’s return of the PGA Tour to Pebble Beach likely would have been celebrated in stories and remembrances, especially if Woods had played: Ten Years After and all.

Woods won 56 U.S. tour events from 2000-09, plus 12 of his 14 major championships. In at least symbolic fashion, it felt like the momentum began with the unbelievable seven-stroke comeback at Pebble. After that, anything seemed possible for the skinny kid from SoCal.

With Woods currently MIA and his return uncertain, the eye-popping anniversary has passed largely without notice, another victim -- albeit a less-damaging and obvious one than flagging TV ratings or poor attendance in early 2010 -- of the biggest scandal in golf history.

The collateral damage continues. More the pity for fans, the tour and the game.

Category: Golf

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:55 am

What we could have been talking about this week

I've seen various on the web logs and I can certainly absolutely sure ample state that this just one is my front runner .

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2010 4:50 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

I love Golf and Baseball, Played Minor League Baseball for awhile, but please do not say Baseball is more boring than are a total moron if you say that!

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2010 6:44 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

....and OH YEAH...evryone ripping on Tiger should stop...yeah he was a cheater...50% of married couple me on that..You try being the worlds most recognizable and wealthy athlete and see how u fare with every model and sexy woman throwing themselves at you..Remember that saying about walking a day in someone else's shoes..well you havent been in his shoes so shut your mouth..Best athlete on the planet..greatest golfer in history..and its not even close..DOMINANT..and if u dont think Tiger, a golfer, is an athlete, you're an idiot. Dude is jacked...can bench atleast 300 plus..i have met him more than a few times..He would kick most people's you know what...And if u think a golf swing doesnt require athletisicm(coordination, flexibility, strength, balance)..youre an idiot..Most professional athletes love to play golf..Golf needs Tiger..he is the greatest..ever..dominates his sport like no other athlete..ever

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2010 6:37 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

PLEASE.  Spring training starts next week.  Couldn't come soon enough now that football is over...Oh yeah golf sucks and baseball rules???..I dont think so..Baseball sucks...162 games of boredom...seriously...its the longest season ever..boring as heck to watch...and may i reiterate 162 GAMES...theres so many that none really matter..atleast in football, every game teams play every freakin day..they lose, they could care less...if u lose in football, it hurts..u have to wait a whole week for redemption..Golf is for people over 50????...seriously??..i work at a country club in Illinois and few people playing are over 50...What do most athletes do in the offseason? golf...I know this for a fact..i have seen hundreds of pro athletes come thru Medinah CC..Plus all the ones who play in Cali and AZ..dont diss golf..go watch more baseball..strike 1...sit there...ball 1...sit here...strike 2...sit there..ball 2..sit there..foul ball..sit there...YAWN BORING

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2010 10:50 am

What we could have been talking about this week

TIGER speaks on his return to golf:

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:01 am

What we could have been talking about this week

Jealousy is a BITCH!!

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2010 6:41 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Wow, lets see if people will still think Golf is for the rich white man only after reading your comment!  Tiger has done nothing but good for the game.  I despise what he did to his family, but America has really picked up on a game ANYONE can play.  I bet you think Ray Lewis didn't have anything to do with that murder either.

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2010 6:24 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Tiger's situation isn't a golf scandal; NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY none of his actions had/has anything to do with the game of golf. Get over your self obsorbing ego's and back off this guy.

He's not the olny one to cheat and certainly will not be the last. I am sure the rest of the tour players are tellign their lvoers to stay away until this blows over. I am sure Tiger is not the only one. There are some, I am sure, women would not want to bang, but there are plenty that are getting plenty...

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2010 6:01 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Whenever Elling writes about Tiger I have to read all the comments to see how the ignorant are faring. Thank God for the internet or I'd never get a chance to see how the, to quote H.L. Mencken, "Boobocracy" was doing. I read these comments about how the game of golf is better without him, just shows how ignorant some people can be. Ask his fellow players if they think the game is better. Watch the sponsorships and TV ratings plummet then ask that same stupid question again. What Tiger did off the course has nothing to do with his golf game! I won't judge him, even though I don't understand him. I just look at him as a great golfer, and nothing else. I really wish Elling had some talent and insightfulness as a golf writer and would learn to write about the Steve Strickers and others who make golf fun to watch!

Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2010 5:38 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

You are obsessed with Tiger Woods. There are hundreds of other golfers on the planet to write about, yet the only way to get anyone to pay attention to you or to what you write are those two magic words "Tiger Woods." It is possible that your job is on the line? Maybe CBSsports recognizes that with no Tiger Woods, maybe they can do with one less golf journalist. Why not write about Phil Michelson..oh, I forgot, he finished 19th and tied for 45th in the last two PGA events.

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