Tiger Woods blames his less-than-stellar performance at the HSBC Champions tourney in Shanghai last weekend on the fans and their inconsiderate cell phone and camera usage, leading to a strict ban on the items at this week’s Australian Masters. Tournament director Marcus Gale said, We’re certainly not China. We’ll have an educated crowd as far as golf goes for the main part,” and some reports indicate that electronic signal dampeners will be used to render any smuggled electronics useless.
The Australian Masters marks Tiger’s first return to Oz in 11 years, and Aussie fans are in a frenzy to see him now while they can. All 25,000 tickets were sold out soon after going on sale, and quite a bit of golf media attention is focusing on Melbourne this week. But certainly more than a few eyes will be noting how Tiger behaves against what’s sure to be another super-sized crowd following him around all week. As my Rock Heads know, Tiger’s temper can be a divisive issue!
PS: I don’t think anyone can blame Tiger for getting frustrated by camera clicks and flashes during a tee shot. Do you agree with me that the organizers of the HSBC Champions tourney were ultimately at fault here?