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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.

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Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

As for Karma, I think that only applies to the man who has nothing.  Last time I checked, he's still got more money than most of the people who come on these boards to gripe about him.
Less and less ... he lost another sponsor Friday.

If you don't like Tiger Woods as a person, then you don't like HIM.  What does liking him as a person have to do with his ability to play golf?
I don't and if the past two years means anything his ability is gone. Nice to see young Rickie Fowler blast past him in the world rankings.



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

And that folks is the bottom line. I've always wondered why people adored Tiger so much. He has never been fan friendly (in fact quite the opposite) and lately we have found out he has always been a cold fish in the locker room too.

Who would have guessed that Tigers next serious relationship would end being with a 400 pound angry beyotch named Karma.



I don't why this is so mysterious.  People like sports figures who are dominant in their sport.  Even after Mike Tyson bit the ear off Evander Holyfield, you still have people who would go to any fight he was in.  You don't have to like them as a person.  How many people go home and pull out a Phil Mickelson stat sheet to see how many times he goes to church in a year, or how many times he attends a PTA meeting at his kids school?

If you don't like Tiger Woods as a person, then you don't like HIM.  What does liking him as a person have to do with his ability to play golf?  If you can't make the separation between watching a sport, and watching to see how a person handles himself when approached for an autograph, you have a entirely different perspective of what watching a sport is, versus idolizing a man because he's quick with the pen.

As for Karma, I think that only applies to the man who has nothing.  Last time I checked, he's still got more money than most of the people who come on these boards to gripe about him.  For someone who thinks Tigers always been a jerk, how does karma really affect someone who never gave a damn in the first place?



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

people watch (don't know about adore) Tiger because of his golf/athletic ability. They don't care if he's not fan friendly, cheats on his wife and is a cold fish in the locker room.
You have never been to a PGA golf tournament have you? Tell the parents (who spent a lot of money getting them there) of/or the young fans that wait for his prized autograph never to get one that they don't care. Thank god over the years the fans wised up and the line for Tiger became nonexistent.

Don't care if he falls short or amkes it. He had the balls, the guts to DECLARE IT. He isn't afraid of failure, never has been and nver will.
Two things:

1) Is tis a budding bromance?
2) "He isn't afraid of failure ..." thank god cuz he's got a boatload of it now. Do you know him personally?



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

snacks33: Sadly, yes. When Tiger and Phil and a couple of others are finally gone, what you're left with is a bunch of boring guys that take forever to swing the club, and that's only after much visualizing, meditation, and consultation with caddy, meteorologists and astrologists. Does anyone really care about Chad Campbell or Ben Crane or Sean O'Hair or [insert bland-faced boring golfer's name here]? This latest fiasco is exactly what golf needed, and even if the over-all "optics" are negative, it attracts eyeballs to TV sets, which makes sponsors happy and generates money for purses. A little controversy is good for any sport, and I'd love to see Woods paired with Scott and Furyk.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Paul Azinger also made the entire 08 Ryder Cup about his supposed captainship being the reason for victory...



Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Tiger just needs to win. Until he wins again, and it may have to be a major rather than just a regular tournament, maybe two majors, then people will continue to pile on - fans, players, and most certainly the media.  



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

people watch (don't know about adore) Tiger because of his golf/athletic ability. They don't care if he's not fan friendly, cheats on his wife and is a cold fish in the locker room. That's the way a portion of society is. Not everyone, only some.

Plus, whatever your feelings are towards Woods, one thing in my mind stands out. I give him credit for coming out on tour 14 yrs ago and publicly stating his goal was to break Jack's majors record and also Snead's wins record. No one.....NO ONE has ever stated that publicly. Not Watson, not Floyd, god knows not Mickelson, not Singh, or Els or Falso or McIlroy or Harrington or anyone else.

Don't care if he falls short or amkes it. He had the balls, the guts to DECLARE IT. He isn't afraid of failure, never has been and nver will. Why isn't McIlroy coming out and saying his lifetime career goal is to break Jack's record? I thought he's the next great? He won't come close to 14, let alone 18. He'll be lucky to win 5 ro 6 majors when all is said and done. Save this post for 30 years!!!



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

why does Azinger care if Woods has any friends? This coming from a guy who was the ultimate prick?

Psssst ... hey Einstein the shows host asked him. See, that's how talk show interviews work. The host asks questions that hopefully the guest will answer. And who better to ask than a respected player/comentator who spends most of his time amoung the players both inside the ropes and the locker room. That makes his opinion an expert one ...

That being said I'm sure Steve wishes now he gave more props to Scott but hindsight is always 20/20.



Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

Why is this still newsworthy? So what the guy doesn't like his former employer (Tiger) and so what he didn't give props to Scott before lambasting Woods. Is this the only thing you people have to write about in regards to golf? Is the sport so dead and uninteresting that you now want to turn it into a daytime soap? "Drama sells"...at least thats what all the TV networks think (hence Reality TV shows). Cover the sport and not the personal dramas of the golfer's lives and maybe fans will come around. Oh, by the way Mr. Elling, even though the story is weak.... nice job of finally writing properly and making sure it was grammitcally accurate BEFORE press.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Azinger: Feud shows Tiger still 'lightning rod'

why does Azinger care if Woods has any friends? This coming from a guy who was the ultimate prick? How many friends should he have? As many as Azinger has? This is utterly ridiculous. Interviewing Stevie Williams.....Azinger agrees with that? How many times was Williams interviewed after Tiger's 13 major wins with him on the bag? Zero. Double standard by the media. And guess what, Azinger is a member of the media, so he's bias is not surprising.


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