Gary McCord on Tiger Woods: 'He's in a real tiny prison cell'

Tiger Woods will tee it up at the Farmers Insurance Open this weekend. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods will tee it up at the Farmers Insurance Open this weekend. (USATSI)

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The part that people don't understand about Tiger Woods is what a burden it is to be Tiger Woods. 

I wrote this fall that I'd rather be a guy like Jimmy Walker who nobody knows than a fish in a fishtank like Woods.

On Monday Gary McCord echoed those sentiments in a great interview with Cameron Morfit of 

"If you look at any situation where guys become superstars in any field, they all eventually end up in their own prison, their own hellhole, and they peer out through the bars. You have to give up a lot to be that good at something. Some guys have a big prison and some guys have a tiny prison. He's in a real tiny cell. You feel sorry for him. He wants to be one of the guys."

That last part, the one about him just wanting to "be one of the guys," is what gets lost in translation between the public and Woods.

Because everything he does is so scrutinized, he cannot in any way be "just one of the guys." It's impossible. It's even sad sometimes.

The interview with McCord is great, by the way. He riffs on death (yes, death), his days as a magician, and who the best golf announcers in the world are. 

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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