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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: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:13 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Golf is irrelevant.  Unless you're 50+.  Just ask my neighbor, he's 75.  He says golf is way important. Yea, like MC Hammer.  PLEASE.  Spring training starts next week.  Couldn't come soon enough now that football is over.

Since: Nov 26, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:06 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Jack Morris being compared to Tiger is retarded! Not even in the same universe as far as dominance in their respective sports! Do you think Tiger gives a squirt what the media thinks? Nope! Because no matter what, Tigers many, many, many accomplishments speak for themselves and the media, no matter how much they hate him, can't deny that!

Elling, the previous posts are spot on, nobody but the uppity do-gooders and nosies care about this anymore! Don't you have any actual golf to report on?

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:02 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Give it up people!  You want him to talk about Tiger!  You NEED him to talk about Tiger!  Without him golf has amounted to nothing.  Is golf still being played?  Can't wait for him to come back!

RIP Phil Harris!  The Cornelia Marie will never be the same!

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2010 1:59 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

To don't like his columns, don't read them, pretty simple.<br /> <br /> To Canes.....Elling just wrote about the LPGA without mentioning Wie at all........get your facts straight before you spew junk........<br />

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2010 1:48 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Funny how people that post comments like this still take the time to read and respond to each of Elling's Tiger columns.

Tiger brought the media reaction upon himself with his poor attitude towards those that cover his every move. Is it fair? Probably not, but that's life.....Ask Jack Morris if he wishes he would have treated the media a bit better during his career now that he gets repeatedly shut out of the baseball hall of fame

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2010 1:46 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

I agree-Give it up dude. WE don't care about that CHEATER anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!.  Now would be a good time in promoting someone else. Maybe there is another 12 year old GIRL out there. That will give you 8 more years of material just like your Michelle Wie fascination.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2010 1:40 pm

What we could have been talking about this week

Man you need help with your Eldrick addiction. Move on to another topic. Nobody cares anymore.

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