The mainstream golf media remains All Tiger All The Time. Jaime Diaz gives us “What will 2015 be better remembered for: Jordan Spieth’s rise or Tiger Woods’ fall?” That sounds like a bad joke, doesn’t it?
Historically, 2015 in golf will go down as a momentous year. Why? Mostly because the era of the greatest player of the last 30 years—Tiger Woods—who was tracking to be the greatest player in history, ended.
- I can’t remember a single thing Woods did all year except be injured. Was this the year the media went through their “yips” thing? Was that this year or last? Wait a minute. I do think I remember something Woods did. He pretended he hurt his wrist really badly during a round.
- Woods’s career ended in 2009.
Then there was SI/Golf’s “Tour Confidential.” First question:
Tiger Woods gave the most revealing interview of his career when he sat down with Lorne Rubenstein for a TIME.com piece, which was published last week. What was the most surprising or illuminating thing you learned?
In the span of a couple of days last week we heard from Tiger during a somber press conference in which he indicated that he has started to come to terms with his mortality and then again in the lengthy TIME interview. What do you make of this new, more candid version of Woods?
Most revealing interview of his career. Coming to terms with his mortality. A new, more candid Tiger. Whee! A new Tiger! He’s no longer the asshole he’s been for his entire career. He’s NEW!
Anyway, those are some of the reasons Lanny H Golf is going Tiger Woods-Free in 2016. What does this mean? It means Woods will only be mentioned if he is an actual story. Should Woods win a major, we’ll cover it. Should Woods be banned from the Hall of Fame for PED usage, we’ll cover it.
We will also quietly award “dinosaur bones” to golf writers like Jaime Diaz who just can’t let go. Each time we encounter gratuitous mentions of Woods in print or on television, the reporter will earn a:
2016 looks to be a wonderful year for professional golf. Golf fans must insist new golf reporters are hired to replace those stuck in the past. We are tired of having our intelligence insulted.
On an unrelated note, I was encouraged by something I saw at Geoff Shackelford’s website recently. “Refreshing: Courses Have Rose Emphasizing West Coast In ’16.” Justin Rose is planning to play several West Coast events early next year. That’s a nice development. I’d love to see the focus of the Tour shift from the late summer/fall to the first quarter of the year. The way things are now, by dragging out the season past the PGA Championship, the Tour are no longer in step with golfers. Golfers like to watch the Hawaiian/West Coast events and start thinking about sneaking out to the range on warm days, knowing that soon the Masters, spring, and weekend rounds with their buddies will arrive.