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Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 4:14 pm

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- This is why Paul Azinger has become such a popular TV broadcaster.

The former Ryder Cup captain and major-championship winner, appearing on a Tampa sports radio outlet, summarized the Steve Williams and Tiger Woods feud better than anybody when he cut to the heart about what seemed so distasteful about the caddie's inflammatory, post-round comments Sunday night.

Williams had just finished caddying for Bridgestone Invitational winner Adam Scott, who had won in dominant fashion against one of the deepest fields of the year, but he turned it into a platform to vent his feelings about Woods.

"The old joke is when the player plays good the caddie says, 'we,'" Azinger told Tampa's WDAE radio. "But when the player plays bad, the caddie says 'he.' In this case the player played great and the caddie said 'I.'"

Azinger said the brushfire that broke out after Williams aired his laundry affirms and underscores where Woods is held in the public pantheon. To him, interviewing Williams was absolutely the proper thing to do.

"What it shows you is that Tiger Woods is a real lightning rod," Azinger said. "There’s a lot of emotion still wrapped up in whether you really like Tiger or can’t stand him. A lot of people have not liked Steve Williams through the years. He has not been a popular person amongst the players and the caddies, necessarily, and that’s OK -- he’s got a work ethic and people don’t like winners a lot of times.

"This situation was unique. I believe Stevie should’ve been interviewed. I wanted Adam Scott to win so I could hear what Stevie said in regard. It was as much what he said that did the damage. It became a 'me, me, me' or 'I, I, I' fest and he didn’t say how great Adam Scott played.

"When he said it was the greatest week of my life, I don’t know how anybody could believe that, and it just shows you there is a lot of bitterness and animosity towards Tiger still and the way he was let go [fired]. Probably some of it is justified, but he should’ve given Adam Scott his props and then lit Tiger up and I think everybody would’ve thought differently."

Azinger was asked whether Woods has many friends or allies left.

“I know that he has to be angry at the media that tore him down," Azinger said. "He’s got to be angry at himself first. He’s dealing with the worst of all possible emotions and that is shame, and he’s not healthy.

"Who are his friends? I mean [his agent], Mark Steinberg? Come on."

The show host, Steve Dueming, interjected, "He doesn’t have anybody."

"Well, he brought it on himself,” Azinger said.


Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:38 pm

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Azinger makes me puke. His ultimate fantasy is to have Woods perform a Cleveland Steamer on him.

Wow! Not many anger and hero worship issues there bub. Let's see here ... Zinger goes on a sports talk show as their guest and like most guests on talk shows he talked. Especially when asked questions!

What is this world coming to?

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:06 pm

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Azinger makes me puke. His ultimate fantasy is to have Woods perform a Cleveland Steamer on him. Azinger says " can anyone believe Williams", when he said this was his greatest week and win ever? How can anyone NOT believe it. IT"S THE TRUTH! Williams said it was HIS greatest week and greatest win. There can be no question that it was his biggest, because this time it was more about HIM. How many tournaments did he play with Eldrick Tont, that fans chanted his name around the greens? I'll tell you. NONE! Imagine your employer of twelve years, whom you served loyally, firing you unexpectedly. Now imagine going to that employer's competitor and beating them outright and putting it in their face. How would you feel? Would it be satisfying? It's human frigging nature. There isn't a damned thing wrong with what Williams said. They asked him a question, and he answered it honestly. End of story. The fans were chanting Williams name at the eighteenth long before he said anything. That ought to tell you something. William's didn't seek the interview. David Feherty ran after him like a dog, for the sole purpose of stirring the pot. Stevie stirred it. For twelve years the media has savaged anyone who dares to speak out or criticize Woods. There are only three things on earth that cannot be criticized. Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, and Donovan McNabb. The media will jealously go after anybody who dares to open their mouths about any of them.

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:54 pm

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

'This is why Paul Azinger has become such a popular TV broadcaster.'

Is the above a dig at Zinger? What main network is he broadcasting for since he is such a popular TV broadcaster?

Other than the non-prime time slot at the British Open, I have not seen him anywhere else.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:26 pm

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Wow!!! Paul Azinger says that Tiger Woods is still a "lightning rod" for controversy?  What an astute master of the obvious.  I'm surprised this article even shows up on the site.

I lost a lot of respect for Azinger, when he was bad mouthing Greg Norman during Norman's great run of being the #1 player in the world.  Azinger said some things along the lines of what Steve Williams said about Tiger.

The result.....  Greg Norman came up to Azinger in the locker room of an event, confronted him about the comments and challanged him to a fist fight.

Paul Azinger backed down and needless to say, no fisticuffs ensued.

With that being said, I don't believe Paul Azinger has the right to bash or defend anyone for making inflamatory comments about someone else in his profession.

I have always liked Azinger (until I found out how spineless he was).  Therefore, I put no credence into anything that comes from him.

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:09 pm

Thoughts on Tiger/Williams/Scott

1. Okay, for everyone reasoning that Williams was a big part of what Tiger did- that means Adam Scott is about to go on a run of winning major championships in the next 5 years.  This just in- not gonna happen.  So think about your reasoning before saying he was a big part.

2. Williams can tell how Tiger lied about his firing, but he shouldn't forget that man put a lot of $$$$ in his pocket too.  He will probably think about that in 2 years after he doesn't win as much with Adam Scott.

3. Williams should apologize to Adam Scott.  It's probably Scott's most convincing win on tour and everyone talks about caddie/Tiger thanks to Williams.

4. For all those proclaiming Tiger was better than Jack Nicklaus, it is time to come to confessional.  Cleanse your spirit and admit your wrong thinking.  Jack won 18 majors and finished 2nd another 17 times.   Tiger is no where close to that level of consistency.  He may have been the hottest thru one stretch of time, but better players are more consistent.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:08 pm

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Nothing wrong with what Azinger said. You Tiger Woods apologists really need to get a grip. Woods' place in the game now is way overblown, with the media still kissing his little tushy. How about we fawn over the winners, no matter who they might be, instead of always playing up where Tiger finished, or didn't finish.  You cannot separate the golfer from the man, they are the same person.

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:57 pm

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Ah, my good friend Willy Shakespeare once wrote a play about this - "Much Ado About Nothing"

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:41 pm

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

listen, Stwve Williams is not the reason Tiger won, but he sure was a HUGE part of the process, and if you dont believe that you probably cheered when O.J. was found innocent of murder.  Steve goes beyond what other caddies do, reading greens, understanding players strengths and weaknesses, yardage and break of the green with the wind calculated, and if you watched last week, Adam Scott wanted to hit driver off the 18th tee, but Steve told him to hit a lesser club, and then his second shot would be a smooth 4 iron.  He helped tiger the same way, knowing where in the fairway fit the golfer.  Scott has finished 1st, 3rd, 10th and 30th , that was their 1st tourney together, with Steve Williams on his bag.  This is much better than the rest of his year, and a reason why Scott is a favorite to win the PGA Championship.  Adam Scott hasnt been higher than 25 to 1 to win a tournament.  So believe what you want, but Tiger's comeback would be easier with Steve on his bag.  He never told his caddy he was firing him, all through the last jew years, and left him hanging.  Now we will see if Tiger Woods comes back, without the help of the most knowledgable man around a golf course!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:28 pm

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Steve Williams is evidently an arrogant, bitter person. What happened to him with Woods is not a big deal. I am not sure what the average time a golfer and a caddy works together without change, but I am sure that Williams and Woods surpassed the average by a large number. Williams made so much money, enjoyed so much fame for just carrying a golf bag, he should be ashamed by the way he is acting. Wood's former caddy, now working for Jim F. did not make such a scene when he was replaced by Williams, he just moved on. After Sunday's fiasco, Williams time with Scott may be short lived, especially if Scot continues to win. Good riddance. I am not a Wood's fan especially, but it seems that he is going through enough as of now. This extra headache is probably not warranted.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:20 pm

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Let's be honest for a second here. Everyone loved the sretch of golf Tiger played and embraced him as a true icon. Then, as we do, a vast majority of people took pleasure in seeing him crash and burn. Golfer's have a tendency to get over looked and left alone because unless you play the game, its really not going to suck you in without a story! Tiger happened to get caught and it blew up. Trust me when I say, the woman who get on line and say it serves him right, would die if they knew the stuff that goes on out there. Suffice it to say, the players distanced themselves because they are in the same boat and their wives would question them if they stayed on board. Also, there are some huge gamblers out there who have lost millions. One of which is soooo popular with the lady fans that they swoon over him and he is one of the biggest low lifes out there. All I'm saying is, Tiger made a monumental mistake but with a divorce rate above 50% in this country, let's put our rocks down so we don't break all the glass houses around. His shame is playing out in public, let alone with his friends and colleagues. This was a cheap shot by Azinger who shouldn't kick a guy when he's down.

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