Here’s a visual for you. A giant mouse maze containing a dozen golf reporters. They are all stacked up at a dead end, shouting in unison, “Keep going, keep going!”
Just stumbled across an article from Brandel Chamblee. He’s dumping on Pat Perez:
What athlete isn’t playing to keep their name and “brand” relevant? The only reason Perez is playing golf is because he’s trying to be relevant and in being relevant he hopes to become massively rich.
No. Take Johnny Vegas or Kevin Na or Zach Johnson. Or Pat Perez. Or thousands of other pros. They aren’t playing for their non-existent brand. They aren’t playing to keep up multi-million dollar endorsement contracts. They are playing for the millions of dollars in prize money. I’m stating the obvious. (Thought Experiment: Did Bill Haas get more money from winning the FedEx Cup or from ensuing sponsorship deals? Billy Horschel?)
And in presuming to fathom what Tiger thinks, Perez says Woods knows he can’t beat anybody. Tiger won his first major by 12 shots and his 14th major with a broken tibia… Those events would have a corrupting immortality in Tiger’s mind… he would still harbor thoughts of [winning].
Woods knows he can’t win. He can’t even sit. That he had great accomplishments a decade ago means nothing. Jack won at age 46, but he knows he can’t beat today’s pros. Ken Venturi won with heat stroke, but he still had to eventually retire.
Look, I get it that today’s golf media is really, really weak. I understand they troll with Woods in an attempt to get people to react with comments, with the hopes that those comments will then attract return-volley comments. But it’s not working. I just saw an article from Kyle Porter at CBS with a troll headline along the lines of “Rickie Won Because of Tiger Woods.” It had generated one comment.