Is the Golf Media Starting to Wash Its Hands of Tiger Woods?

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.

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16 Responses to Is the Golf Media Starting to Wash Its Hands of Tiger Woods?

  1. Ken says:

    Caught John Fienstein on Sirius last night. He’s been very frank and honest about Woods. He was pointing out the difference in demeanor between Spieth and Woods. How Spieth publicly apologized for being visibly annoyed with himself during last year’s match play. Woods would never apologize after one of his vulgar outbursts.

    • lannyh says:

      It would be nice if we saw a big change in the way golf is covered. It has to happen some time, but I’m hoping sooner rather than later.

  2. Sports-realist2 says:

    The narrative has to eventually change for one obvious reason: Eldrick will be 40 by next year(again not old, but in pro sports, definitely past your sports prime)….Media usually points out OBVIOUS things….Once they start writing about his age of 40 plus, then it will begin the wheels churning about the reality that he is closer to that ‘veteran’ phase, than ‘young future’ phase ..Just like now, this last Master’s marked 10 years since he won last at Augusta at the age of 29, so Eldricks 30’s had zero wins at Augusta….Not to mention his last Major win was at the age of 32….Numbers that the media will have to soon embrace…..

    • Speedy says:

      Furthermore, if Woods was to win a major this year, that would represent a 19 seasons major win span. Only Jack at 25, and Gary at 20, have done better. The average for the greatest of professional golf (for this purpose, who won six majors or more) is 13.7 years. So, history and stats say Woods currently with a 12 season major win span, but in his 19th full season, is very likely done collecting the biggest trophies.

      • Ken says:

        It’s like golf gives you only so many years at the top. A lot of the big major winners have them compressed into a short period of their careers. Palmer won his from 1958-1964, Faldo 1987-1996, Watson 1975-1983.

        Woods will probably win more tournaments, but those who think he’s going to dominate the game again are dreaming. They think that because he stays in shape, he’ll win until he’s in his 50s. Were that true, Gary Player might still be winning. Player, like just about every other great player, stopped winning when he was in his early 40s. Age gets everyone. Snead won at nearly 53, but that was an outlier; he rarely won after his early 40s. People remember how Watson almost won the British at 59 and still plays pretty well, but Tom Watson won exactly three events after turning 35 in 1985 – after having dominated the game from 1975-1984 (six POTY, 8 majors). The players who excel into their forties tend to be the ones who didn’t do as well earlier, late bloomers like Perry, Singh, and Stricker.

      • lannyh says:

        Great point about Player. And good info on Watson (I didn’t realize he fell off so precipitously), and Perry/Singh/Stricker.

  3. Speedy says:

    Polite and clean shaven. I hope everyone here is adhering to that.
    I don’t know what the catalyst could be for the continuing Tiger-hype. Unless it’s watching for another train wreck, or should I say fire hydrant crash.
    Woods never treated the press well, so it’s a bit of a mystery. Neither do older viewers like surly attitude, which the talking heads are growingly apologizing for.

  4. Sports-realist2 says:

    It is an odd combination…Woods is actually a strange individual….A unknown moral compass, with a rather disgusting private life…….In his public persona, it’s mostly a rigged image by Nike..Remember this is the guy whose nickname was ‘Urkel’ in college….. He has treated the press with indifference, and has routinely skipped interviews after bad rounds, showing himself to be a selfish athlete….Yet people seem to buy the bs associated with the myth….Ofcourse like all myths, they eventually get replaced with another…….One of my favorite quotes was also one of Patton’s: All glory is fleeting……….

    • Ken says:

      The guy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NIke. Remember, prior to NIke, he was “cablinasian.” It was only when Nike realized the higher profit potential that he discovered that he was black.

      Total phony. He used to give more interviews when he was younger and had a tendency to lapse into off-color, racial stereotype jokes. Nike put a stop to that too, to save him the embarrassment. Of course, he blamed the media for reporting what he’d said.

    • Jason says:

      you use far too many (…..)

  5. Jason says:

    Maybe I am just biased because it reminds me of my nut job father-in-law. That’s not you is it, R.D.?

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