GOLF LINKS SPAIN makes absolutely no apologies for this article. Tiger Woods is a bad example for golf – full stop!
There is no doubt that, since his arrival on the professional golf scene in 1996, following an almost unprecedented amateur career, Woods has been the iconic element that has taken golf from where it was to where it is now in the same way that Arnold Palmer did in his heyday. Golf sponsorship has reached unprecedented levels and prize money has reached levels that enable even a mediocre professional golfer to make a million dollars a year and set themselves and their families up for life. During recent coverage of a golf tournament in America in which Woods was NOT playing, his name was mentioned more often than any other player in the field. Despite any past transgressions, he continues to dominate the world of golf.
However, let us look at the facts. He hasn’t won in fifteen months and every time he tees it up, this is the one where he is going to get back in the winner’s circle. His form at the Ryder Cup was average until his final day singles’ blitz but what else has he done? Yes, good finishes; threatening; always intimidating; but what else? Nada!
However, there is one thing that Woods has continued to carry through his ‘hard times’. His consumate bad manners and irreverance to his fellow competitors and the game that put him where he is. I was watching the coverage live on CANAL+ of the recent tournament from Dubai and witnessed his disgusting spitting incident on the green that other fellow competitors were still due to play. Woods has always been a ‘spitter’. He also ‘effs and blinds’ his way around the course every time he fails to hit the ‘perfect shot’.
Tiger – get over yourself! Do you ever think what your late father, Earl, might be thinking should he be looking down on you and your behaviour? Having said that, I am a firm believer that we learn our standards from our elders – I’ll say no more.
The younger players of today have no fear and every one of them, possibly to the last man, look up to Woods as the golfer that they strive to be. I know that Rory McIlroy used to have him up on a pedestal and I am certain that he is not alone in that with respect to Woods’ golfing ability. But please, please, please, stay true to yourselves; work hard on your game; respect your fellow competitors; stay true to the values of the game and possibly one final word of advice…
Just imagine that every time you stand over the ball, faced with an almost impossible approach or a tricky curling putt that may mean you make the weekend or win the tournament, that some kid is glued to the television, watching your every move and reaction and that he may become a better golfer or person, based on your response.
Maybe worth thinking about Tiger…