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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: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2010 4:54 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

It has been nice to watch golf without "All Tiger, all the time".

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2010 4:53 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

The "Tiger Legend" was created long before the 2000 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Ever hear of the 1996 US Amateur when Tiger was down by 2 with just three holes to play and came back to tie and then win in extra holes for his third consecuitive US Am and sixth consecutive USGA championship?

That was when the legend of Tiger was really 2000 it was already there, and had been for quite some time.

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2010 4:49 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

I love it all these people complain about you writing an article about Tigger.  Unreal when before it was never enough, He could finish
50th in a tournament and you could not find out who won.  Everybody loved tigger (Except ME) and now the Jerk is totally down nobody wants to hear about it.  Please write an article a day about this idiot.  Instead of saying how good he is for golf likes write about the real tiger, you know, not the fake one everbody bought into (Except me).

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2010 4:38 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Keep writing about this Slim Ball, Couldn't stand him before and cant stand him, now.  Please report to the US how much of a bum this phony clown is.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2010 4:13 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Sex crazed lunatic?  LOL.  That just reads funny to me - I'm the same, I just have a playful wife, don't cheat and I don't own my favorite sport.  Tiger wanting to have sex often does not make him crazed or a lunatic - it's just that he sported with 12-15 women, none of them his wife.  Not the greatest endorsement a guy can get, but 90% of the people judging him have screwed up just as bad.  His biggest mistake was not putting a Sport F clause in his prenup :-)

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2010 4:12 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

some of us would still watch golf without Tiger.

same with hockey - most of you consider that a "fringe" sport as well but we hockey fans don't care what you think.

just like we golf fans that watch golf with or without Tiger - we don't care if you think golf doesn't matter without Tiger.

there were great players BEFORE Tiger - there will be more AFTER him.

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2010 3:49 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Steve, who is this Tiger Woods fella that you continually pine and fawn over like a school girl? This isn't the same Tiger Woods that cheated on his wife with five different women while she was pregnant is it? This isn't the same Tiger Woods that throws his clubs into the gallery and curses like a drunken sailor is it? This isn't the same Tiger Woods that reportedly went to a sex clinic instead of "owning" his mistakes like a man is it? Everyone knows there is no such thing as sex addiction, so why would you spoon your love for this man on this site? It almost smacks of an abusive relationship. He treats you like dirt, yet your always their for him offering love and attention.

 Steve, you need to get out of this relationship. Tiger is never going to give you those special moments of your dreams and he's never going to be your buddy. The next thing you know you will be writting this elaborate scheme to get Tiger back on the course and thru the month of April without having to talk about his trangressions to the media. This of course is something an enabler would do.

Anyways, bigballsbender post summed up perfectly how many of us feel. But you will never write an article about that will you? Your afraid Tiger will leave you. Guess what, he's using you like those five women and his legions of fans. 


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:48 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

If Tiger was a professional basketball player, there would be no scandal, we wouldn't even be talking about this.  Magic?  Wilt? Kemp? Kobe?  Michael?  For the PGA to somehow portray itself as walking the moral high ground compared to other sports is ridiculous.  They're all still rich athletes who have been living in a bubble most or all of their lives, which pretty much makes a moral high ground laughable.

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:45 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

I don't know why Tiger is so important to everyone in the media.  This guy is a sex crazed lunatic with billions of dollars and he cares about each and everyone of us zero.  Please Tiger just hang em up and tell everyone you died, or die, I really don't care but Steve Elling will finally stop writing about you everyday of the year.  R.I.P. Tiger Woods and welcome back golf, 10 year anniversary of no etiquette in golf and green fees steadily on the rise.  Tiger can keep all his special clubs and technology he introduced to the game, I would gladly go back to hogan blades and persimmon woods to get all the novice golfers off the course and back on the par 3 course and driving range where they belong.  Thank you Steve for reminding me every day how much I dislike your favorite golfer.

Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:35 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

You're right.  Baseball is the answer. 

" I did not inhale!! "

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