I’m not naive. I know there is a certain segment of the golf media that will never let go of Tiger Woods. However, it looks like a “Beyond Sick of Him” segment is growing and becoming more vocal by the day, and it seems they are looking to get a few things off their chests before Woods completely fades away.
In February, we had Bill Dwyre of the L.A. Times blasting the golf media, saying they only know the name of one golfer, and that journalism consists of more than just “feeding the cattle.”
Just a week or two after that, Frank Nobilo went public with the information that Tiger Woods used a special golf ball in 2000 — the “Tiger Slam” year — which game him a distance advantage over every other player on Tour.
In early April, Mike Foss of USA Today wrote that “Woods isn’t good for the game anymore.”
Prior to the Masters, Jim Nantz mocked those continuing to cling to Woods: “I’m not making any wild prognostications, but if Rory won his 19th major (breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18), will people still ask, ‘Do you think he’s ready to take the torch?’”
After Jordan Spieth’s victory at the Masters — on a Sunday that saw Woods totally lose him composure in the No. 13 tee box, letting fly his club and an f-bomb — the media has been brutal in kicking Woods to the curb. For every comment about Jordan being “a great golfer and an even better human being” or “just what golf needs” has an unspoken addendum: “unlike Tiger Woods.”
Christine Brennan needed no such addemdum. She was very direct: “Spieth doesn’t succumb to the uber-fist-pumping and extracurricular swearing of Tiger.” And: “He doesn’t need the window-dressing and the nonsense to play the game. I think they call it respect.” The coup de grace: “One is 39. The other is 21. I think we’re trading up.”
Then there was Jack Nicklaus on Spieth: “I like everything about the young man. He’s polite. He’s humble. He handles himself so well, on and off the golf course.” I’ll say it for you, Jack: Unlike Tiger Woods.
It has been said, “Be nice to people on your way up, because you’ll see them again on your way down.” I think Tiger Woods is about to find out the wisdom of that statement.