From Tiger Slam to Tiger Sham: Woods Was Effectively Playing From the Ladies’ Tees in 2000

The media could not have made a bigger deal of it.  Tiger Woods won four majors in a row, and the golf media entered an orgiastic frenzy in which many still reside.  They wanted to say Woods won the Grand Slam, but they couldn’t, so they declared he’d won the Tiger Slam, and treated the feat as if it were even greater.  Projections of 30 majors were common.  Jack Nicklaus wasn’t a pimple on Tiger Woods’s butt.  No one else mattered.  Tiger was golf.

But now we learn that Woods’s wondrous feat was a sham, that he was using special balls none of the other players in the tournaments in 2000 were using.  The Tiger Slam is a Tiger Sham.

Even this past weekend, we were treated to tired old stories about how Woods “destroyed” the field at Pebble Beach with golf “never before seen.”  However, by using solid core balls, Woods was effectively hitting from the ladies’ tees.

Not quite so impressive when you think about it that way, is it?

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16 Responses to From Tiger Slam to Tiger Sham: Woods Was Effectively Playing From the Ladies’ Tees in 2000

  1. Anonymous says:

    He was using golf balls (hardly) anyone else was using. Not golf balls no one else had access too and not golf balls that weren’t conforming.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stuart Appleby said he’d been using solid core balls since 1995. I’m assuming only a small percentage of pros had access to them because the majority of sponsorship deals were with companies who still made wound balls. I feel like this falls into the category with anchored putters, square grooves and 460cc drivers. There’s going to be a small window of time where a few people use it first before it gets widely adopted or banned.

      However, if I had access to equipment few others did and it gave me a distinct advantage, my ethics would keep me from using it until there was a level playing field. I want to know I won because of my superior skill and mental fortitude, not because I’m using superior equipment most other people are contractually banned from using.

      Whoever said “if you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin'” needs to be punched in the face and have all their achievements stripped. It created a culture in sports where fair competition isn’t valued, where winning is more important than having integrity and a conscience. But, success means nothing if you cheated to get it.

      • lannyh says:

        Used to be, golf prided itself on being the sport that shunned the mentality of “if you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’.” I hope we can one day regain that sense of fair play.

  2. Sports-realist says:

    You notice how Porter doesn’t have an article about what Frank said, but instead did a 2 minute video, saying “Oh well he would have won anyway” porter is such a cock sucker…

    • Sports-realist says:

      My point, being that 99% of the time, if Woods is mentioned about anything, Porter has an article, but instead, couldn’t find the typewriter I guess this time around, which shows just another way, it’s rigged coverage….Porter might as well be Begay part2

      • Sports-realist says:

        Because what this does is remove some of the ‘he lifted so many weights’ stuff, when in reality some of it was equipment, while other was ped’s…..It is interesting that Nike was the first to come up with it, while titleist was over a year behind….I wonder what the background story for those type of golfballs were, as far as how the companies developed it, who developed it first, and bla, bla, bla…….kinda interesting actually, as you wouldn’t expect titleist to be behind any company in golf ball technology, but obvioulsy for a short time they were apparently…

      • lannyh says:

        Yeah, that’s what we hear. It’s not the ball, it’s not the PEDs, it’s his “work ethic,” and “he brought athleticism to golf,” etc.

        Also, how the heck come someone hasn’t already brought this up? I’m no expert on golf balls, but this doesn’t strike me as rocket science. Within a year of Titleist’s version, they quit making their old type ball! In just a year or two, every win on Tour was with the new type balls and every player in the Masters used it. It was a massive change. How come, until now, no one told us that Woods played it an entire year before everyone else did?

        Wouldn’t that make the raving over the 15 shot win at Pebble Beach be a little embarrassing if you knew he used a different ball? That didn’t occur to any of the guys who collect paychecks and benefits for covering golf???

    • Ken says:

      I hate to stoop to things like “cock sucker,” but when I read the 90% of Porter’s work that is all about Woods, I can’t help but think that he’d get down on his knees at Woods’ request in a heartbeat.

      Does he really consider himself a journalist? MSNBC is unbiased in comparison. Oh and remember, it’s not “Tiger Woods,” it’s “Big Cat.” Gag.

      • Anonymous says:

        Steve Elling lost his job to Kyle Porter. This is a quote from Steve Elling from a interview from 8/2/13: “ elected to eliminate its golf position last summer and to go the blogger route, using an inexperienced writer who never attends tournaments.” Kyle Porter is not a journalist.

      • lannyh says:

        Anon, thanks for the info on the Elling interview! I am a huge fan of his, but I was unaware of that interview (or any interview of his on the subject, for that matter). I will definitely be making a post about it soon. Thanks again.

  3. sretsam68 says:

    Check out “Tiger vs. Jack Golf’s Greatest Rivalry” by Phil Capelle. I think he makes a reference to it –

    • lannyh says:

      Will do! Thanks much.

      • Ken says:


        Go to If you click on the Nicklaus vs. Woods link on the left, it’ll give you a table where he scores performance in majors. Nicklaus on this scale is incredibly dominant. it gives points for win, playoff losses, losses by 1 stroke, 2 stokes, etc. Very interesting.

        The guys hasn’t posted since last July, so maybe he’s given it up, but that link on the left is really interesting.

      • Ken says:

        Actually, it’s the link above “Nicklaus vs. Woods” on the Capelle website that has the major results scoring.

  4. Sports-realist says:

    Anonymous—ADD A REAL NAME…That is very very interesting about Porter…Does explain alot of things…He seems like one of those ‘Partyin surfer’ idiots…..This makes alot more sense, as to why he knows how to talk about ONE thing….Not that Elling was much better in retrospect…….

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