FOLLOW UP: Tiger – And YOU – Talk About His Temper

Lots of Rock Heads let loose with some great comments last time we talked about Tiger and his temper. Some highlights:

Faxon40: Shame on you Tiger. There is never an excuse for bad behavior. Would Tiger’s dad endorse these actions? I don’t think so. Many young people look up to Tiger as a role model. Do you want our young people growing up thinking this behavior is acceptable?

wayne: Competitive is no excuse for the way he acts. Not a role model. Kick him and his buddys like him OUT.

Terry C: I think he has earned a right to throw clubs, swear, and get pi__ed off when he hits a bad shot. There is a little more riding on his play that your Saturday foursome. I would like all these whiners that criticize his actions to tell their kids ,students, team, etc that when they put as much time,practice, play & history into the game as he has they can complain about it.

Justin: Give me a break guys. I doubt any of you haven’t cursed on the course (whether it be profane or not dang vs. damn). The highlight reels every week show Tiger’s great shots with him cheering and fist pumping, and to do that you have to be animated. You can’t have one without the other.

At the end of the day I think you’re right Justin. There’s nothing better than watching Tiger (and the entire gallery) react to yet another amazing shot, and it might just be worth a few F-bombs getting dropped along the way. But until he’s buyin’ his Nikes from Rock Bottom, I gotta say he shouldn’t be throwing his clubs!

So what does Mr. Woods himself have to say about this?

“It is what it is. Unfortunately I do make mistakes and I hit bad shots and I say bad things at times. I don’t mean to, it just comes out. It’s not something I try and do. It just happens. Have I been trying to get better at that? Yeah, my entire life, but it happens from time to time and I’m not the only person that does it.”

Read more at ESPN.com.

 
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16 thoughts on “FOLLOW UP: Tiger – And YOU – Talk About His Temper

  • August 14, 2009 at 9:27 pm
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    The worlds best golfer should be ashamed at his antics, he has NO excuses, with his ability which he has shown over & over again he can recover & go on to win events, he is 33years of age married & a father & content supposedly, there is NO excuse for his spitting either.

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  • August 15, 2009 at 1:44 am
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    I THINK WE ARE WITNESSING PROBABLY THE BEST GOLFER WHO EVER LIVED. THE PASSION THAT DRIVES THIS MAN TO SUCH ACCOMPLISHMENTS PROVIDE US WITH THE FIST-PUMPING, BUTT-KICKING GOLF GOLF WE ALL ENJOY. HE IS HUMAN AND ALL HUMANS HAVE A TEMPER. I WISH I HAD HALF THAT PASSION FOR THE GAME. MAYBE I COULD IMPROVE MY 13.5 HANDICAP. A LITTLE COMPASSION GOES A LONG WAY. KIDS ARE EXPOSED TO A WHOLE LOT WORSE ON PRIME TIME TV.

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  • August 16, 2009 at 2:32 am
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    You are critical of Tiger? Because he gets angry? Where do you come from? “NO EXCUSE”? You must be from another planet. Here, on our planet, we get angry and we act out. We call that normal human behavior. Just because you want to put someone on a pedestal (he does not put himself there) he should be an angel and be a rolemodel for your kids. What’s wrong with you? Why are you not that rolemodel for your own kid? Tiger does not have to be a rolemodel for anybody. He’s working, its his job. The amount of selfdiscipline he is already displaying with everybody and his baseball cap yelling “In the hole” in the middle of his workplace is exemplary. Leave the man alone.

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  • August 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm
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    So Tiger cusses and gets pissed off. Would I like everyone in the world to keep their temper in check ALWAYS? Of course. I love golf and I get pissed off at myself and I cuss and once in a while I take my club and hit the ground. It is GOLF for goodness sake, not choir practice. If you have never cussed or hit the ground or worse while playing this wonderful game, then consider yourself a SAINT. Most of us are not. I never heard anyone say anything about Nick Faldo walking down the fairway of the Master’s years ago and he put his middle finger up by his right ear and gave some rowdy fans the bird. Am I the ONLY person who watched that? Who caught that? Well he did. Tiger is the greatest to ever play this game and I put him at number 2 of all time until last week’s win and I am sure this week’s win. He cares about how he is playing. He burns with the desire to win and passion comes out in different ways. Give him a break please.

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  • August 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm
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    Tiger needs to take a lesson from Mr. Tom Watson.

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  • August 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm
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    The whole controversy can be corrected very simply. Put the TV feeds on a 5 second delay. I have suggested this to all golf networks and without even a reply. Tiger is not the only one, it goes back as far as Curtis Strange. It is going to happen and if you are worried on its impact, simply “bleep” any offensive language.

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  • August 16, 2009 at 6:40 pm
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    I think the networks could solve this problem by using a short delay on the broadcast. They are the ones paying fines when tiger swears.

    I don’t fault him for it. Most guys with any intensity let things slip from time to time.

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  • August 16, 2009 at 9:45 pm
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    It’s a shame that the best player that ever played the game has to resort to profanity. And it’s even more of a shame that some people think that’s ok. Perhaps he should work on his self control as well as his chipping, putting, etc.

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  • August 17, 2009 at 2:19 am
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    Yes, there is such a thing as “in the heat of battle” , but Tiger goes way beyond that. His utter disgust at almost every shot that is slightly off line or a long putt that doesn’t go in the hole has become sickening to watch. The fact that the networks show his every move for the entire time he’s on the golf course compounds the problem. I have a 12 year old nephew who acts like Tiger when he loses a board game. I won’t tolerate it from my nephew, and nobody should tolerate it from Tiger. His storming off to hide in the clubhouse after losing the PGA was terrible sportsmanship. He doesn’t mind giving interviews when he comes up with a miracle shot to win a tournament, and Y.E. Yang deserved to have Tiger get up in front of the TV cameras and give the man the respect he earned for beating Tiger under all that pressure, not going off to sulk in the clubhouse. Golf is supposed to be about honor and good sportsmanship, not acting like some spoiled punk.

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  • August 17, 2009 at 3:17 pm
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    Tiger is and probably will be the best player I have ever seen coming from an Irishman thats the best accolade I can give the man, however his temperment is as a spoilt child would act when he cannot get his own way you only have to look at all the previous greats to see how easy it is to control your emotions I have watched Nicklaus Watson Palmer Trevino just to mention a few of yesteryears stars and still currently playing Mickelson Harrington Els Singh Langer and you would never see these guys leave therself or their fans down by acting as tiger does at present I am pretty sure his Father would be disgusted to see his son and the No.1 golfer and paid sportsman leave himself and his fans and the PGA of America down as he does in every round he plays.

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  • August 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm
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    Tiger is the ulitmate competitor. I’m not a Tiger fan, in fact it gauls the hell out of me when all the other pros ti[p toe in and hope for 2nd place money. If a few of them had his intensity, maybe they’d have more metal in their trophy case! As far as his displays, the days of persimmon drivers and balata balls are long gone. It’s a new day and a good day to see the greatest golfer in the world display his competitive nature, instead of being a robot ala Jack and the rest. Bet your fathers complained about Trevino also. Golf needs color so it may continue to exist and perhaps even grow. Get over it you tight asses!

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  • August 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm
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    Tiger’s fist pumping and hand raising are way more than enough to show his intensity; the foul language, club banging, club throwing need to be eliminated; the guy is a role model and this is not the behavior that should be shown to young players because the younger players (and some older ones, too) will emulate the bad behavior. Also, jeez, the guy only makes $10 million in prize money and another $90+ million in endorsements…grow up and control your emotions. I never saw the past greats such as Palmer, Nicklaus, Watson, Casper, carry on like Tiger. Also, the current top players like Mickelson, Vijay, Harrington, Els, etc. seem to be in control; and, they do have the same intensity…look at Mickelson’s reaction on his first Master’s win. Or, Harrington’s wins last year, etc.
    Actually, as the guy above pointed out, the TV coverage can eliminate this using a delay mechanism; if Tiger loses too many more majors, the networks might be forced to.

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  • August 18, 2009 at 1:13 am
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    good to see he is human and not some god fearing right wing christian crusader.

    a pleasure to watch and hear

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  • August 18, 2009 at 3:36 pm
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    Tiger has become a legend in his own mind. Unfortunately, his background music fails him and hence, his tantrums. Golf is yet a gentlemen’s sport and in the interests of the sport and decorum, has no room for fist pumping or other juvenile behavior so common to his deportment.

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  • August 18, 2009 at 11:12 pm
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    I’ve never been a Tiger fan, but the guy IS the best at the game of golf. Maybe he loses control occasionally but who wouldn’t with the pressure the media puts on him.
    I have but one question, What would Earl say about his behavior?

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