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McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst

Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:43 am
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Network ratings, tournament ticket sales, merchandise revenue and even rounds played were down in 2010 according to various reports. Much of it was pinned on the seemingly endless Tiger Woods sex scandal, a big turnoff to millions.

Yet not everybody was negatively affected by the biggest public-relations hit in golf history. In fact, one increasingly prominent player used a bit of backdoor kismet resulting from Woods' travails to carve a massive place for himself at the table with the game's biggest stars.

Graeme McDowell, the U.S. Open champion and the hero of the European win two weeks ago at the Ryder Cup, might not have accomplished either if not for Woods' massive personal issues. He related the amazing connect-the-dots story of how receiving a last-minute invitation to replace the host of the Tiger Woods Chevron World Challenge tournament in Southern California last December changed his whole 2010 trajectory. Woods withdrew rather than face the media scrutiny as the scandal was unfolding.

Rest assured, I am not at all a fan of giving world ranking points to boutique mini-tournaments like the Chevron event, the World Match Play or Sun City cash grabs, but in this case, it worked out perfectly for McDowell, who finished second to Jim Furyk in the Chevron last fall.

How many doors did that open? Let him tell the tale. Here is McDowell, in his own words, explaining to the Belfast Telegraph how that particular last-ditch invitation changed his entire year:

“What happened at the end of last season, and getting the invite to the Tiger Woods golf tournament, was the real catalyst for everything that has happened for me this year. I walked off the golf course in China, with Rory [McIlroy] and myself just having lost the World Cup by a shot to the Molinari boys.

“My manager, Conor Ridge, suggested there was a shadow of a chance, what with the Tiger Woods story unfolding that week, that I might get an invite into the Chevron World Challenge.

“As it so happened, I was flying home from China to Orlando through L.A. that week, so I said of course I would get off the flight there and take my chance. I don’t how Conor managed to do it, but we got the nod on the invite and then I go and finish second.

“I moved from 55th to 38th in the world, it got me into Augusta and smoothed up the start of the season. Then after Wentworth, I get into the U.S. Open right on the bubble at world No. 50.

“So if I had not been top 50 at the end of last year, I maybe would not have got off to the start I had this year. Maybe I wouldn’t have got myself into the U.S. Open and things like the Ryder Cup.

“It was just one of those very fateful moments.”

Yep, sort of the reverse of driving over a fire hydrant and into a tree.


Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2010 3:38 pm

McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst


Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 5:24 pm

McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst

All you Tiger haters drink all the hatorade you can because in 2011 tiger will be number one and win the Masters and at least one more major. Rumour has it he has reverted to his old life style so watch out!!!!!

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2010 7:06 pm

McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst

He was doing ok until the last sentence. In about 10 years, Elling might be able to write about Tiger Woods without "fire hydrant" in the same article. If he's still around of course. He must watch that Japanese Youtube simulation video at least once a day.

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2010 6:30 pm

McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst

Elling is a stooge. He is very shallow and prefer to write about Woods instead of being objective and write good articles covering all the players and golf courses. He doesn't know how to write a golf story without bashing Woods first! Shame on you Elling guy!

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2010 4:42 pm

McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst

McDowell...hmm, fateful moments? lots of variables there for sure...DJ just chunking it up ? he was a shoe in to crush everyone...GM just eased on in there..good for him yay ! Rory ? shave the unibrow son !

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2010 4:11 pm

McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst

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Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2010 2:33 pm

McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst


You have to spin any story towards Tiger don't you ??

For Pete's sake, write about something else for once.....

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:50 pm

McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst

How does Elling keep his job?  95% of us hate him and his dumb ass articles ... mostly because he is a douche bag!  Ooops, I just answered my own question ... he keeps his job because we all hate his articles and continue to read them and leave messages ... I am done reading golf articles on CBSSports until they get rid of this jackass.

it is for me.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:23 pm

McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst

This article proves what I've been saying for years and years.

Tiger is not golf.  Never has been, never will be.  The game of golf is bigger than any individual, always has been.

Way to go, Graeme, but I do wish you didn't play so good against Mahan.  :-)

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:20 pm

McDowell: Tiger scandal my key 2010 catalyst

i would agree, but lately every story i read is you bashing woods, yet i never once saw an article about his play at the ryder cup, and if it were anyone else...going t-4 in the masters and US open..28th in the pga  and 23 in the british open..which coincidentally was a landslide so no one had a chance....he had a very good year, hell alot of golfers would kill to have those finishes...and his play in the ryder cup showed his swing is coming together..he dominated his singles match...and went 3-1 overall, elling you have been a tiger hater ever since i can remember, i wish more people would just focus on the golf stories, rather than his personal life...i expect tiger to win 2 majors this year, im saying he wins the masters, and the pga...we shall see.

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