This is going to be critical of Tiger Woods, and because he’s a non-Caucasian and I’m a Republican I feel it’s necessary to clarify something. I’m not a racist. If I were a Democrat I’d be free to rip into Woods and I’d be given a free pass as far as race is concerned, but as a Republican I realize that this issue automatically comes into play. So what follows is not hate speech; it’s an opinion.
With that obligatory genuflecting out of the way, I’ll say this: Tiger Woods is a despicable human being. If anyone didn’t already realize that based on the way he has treated his wife and his various sexual playthings, his behavior at The Masters golf tournament surely cemented it.
Despite vowing to show some respect for the game of golf by refraining from hurling clubs and epithets, the clubs flew and the air turned blue again this past weekend. I’m sure other golfers swear on the course but I have never heard anyone else do it when they know they are near an open microphone. Tiger’s tantrums and profanities are an insult to golf, to all the great players who have elevated the game over the years and to the millions watching on television. Not to mention that he’s a lousy role model for youngsters.
His childish behavior on the course has been on view since he first joined the pro tour. I extend my criticism to most, not all, golf broadcasters and commentators who have not had the guts to call Tiger on it, and to the PGA commissioner for not fining him at the least. I can’t imagine athletes in any other endeavor continually getting away with behavior detrimental to their sport.
And where golfers such as Masters champion Phil Mickelson are great ambassadors for the game — with Phil seldom returning to the clubhouse until every autograph request is met — Woods has as much contempt for the fans as he does his fellow golfers. Just ask the many kids the Darth Vader of golf has brushed by and brushed off in his speedy, stone-faced exits from the course. Of course we know now why he was in such a hurry; he had a bimbo to bed.
But he did something at a post-round press conference at The Masters that I think was more disgusting than his miserable on-course demeanor. In a display of arrogance so grandiose it was almost breathtaking, this poor excuse for a man actually compared his return to the game after a layoff to golf great Ben Hogan’s return from severe injuries.
In 1949 Hogan was almost killed when the car in which his wife was a passenger was hit by a bus. Just before impact the golfer threw his body over hers to shield her from the crash. While she escaped with minor injuries, Hogan suffered a broken collarbone, rib, pelvis and ankle. For Woods to compare Hogan’s absence from golf because of injuries suffered in a heroic action to his layoff after his wife inflicted injuries on him for cheating on her is loathsome.
If you consider nothing else about this creep, consider this. In October, 1999 golfer Payne Stewart was killed in a plane crash. The following February the AT&T Pro-Am tournament honored his memory by having all participating professionals line up on the Pebble Beach course and simultaneously drive golf balls into the ocean. Only one golfer refused to join in the memorial observance. I don’t need to tell you his name.
When the day comes that a decision is made as to who is allowed into Heaven, I hope Tiger Woods misses the cut.
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