I did not know this.
I am not a huge golf fan. Not even a semi-big one. But I’ve covered a bit of it, and I watch the majors, or at least parts of them.
But somehow, I managed not to know this:
Tiger Woods can’t control his temper (or his mouth) at golf tournaments.
At least, that is what Rick Reilly of espn.com claims in a recent column. And he is a big golf guy … who says he has been there when Tiger has thrown clubs or detonated F bombs after a bad shot … and that this bad behavior happens all the time. Reilly suggests it’s time for Tiger to control himself.
And I agree. I was a bad actor, during my brief dalliance with golf. I threw clubs (I once wrapped my father’s 4-wood around a tree limb) and I shouted … but I gave up the game because I believed my behavior wasn’t what golf is supposed to be about. I decided I didn’t have the right temperament for it.
Tiger apparently can play at an otherworldly level, even as he abuses clubs and the English language.
What strikes me about this story?
I bet a lot of generic sports fans didn’t know this. Tiger Woods, bad actor. Which strikes me as odd.
Tiger throws clubs and screams obscenities — sometimes directed at fans — yet a lot of us had never heard about it until Reilly wrote it?
How is that possible?
–I am far less informed about golf than I ever imagined.
–There has been a sort of media conspiracy — self-imposed, by the media — to Just Not Mention the bad behavior by golf’s golden boy.
Why would the media do that? For fear of being cut off by Tiger. Frozen out. And given his status in golf, No. 1 with nobody occupying the next 10 spots, the idea of Tiger cutting you off out of pique — and apparently he has spasms of severe pique – would be extremely damaging to you as a network or news gathering organization or even the PGA itself.
So fear. That’s why Tiger’s behavior is not a national golf debate.
Anyway, I’m glad that was brought to light. Now I know. Now I can watch for it. And now maybe some pressure can be applied to Tiger to get with the program and bring the same gentility to a golf course that nearly all the greats before him managed to display.