Woods Funk Lopez and Daly

By Brian HewittMarch 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
The Comebacker is disappointed. We tried to have a little fun in this space earlier this week by advancing the tongue-in-cheek notion that Fred Funk was angry at Tiger Woods for stealing his hat spike move.
Woods famously hurled his hat to the ground last Sunday at Bay Hill after making the lengthy putt that won him the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the 72nd hole. Funk, less famously, whipped his hat to the green after holing the putt that turned out to be the winning stroke at the 2005 PLAYERS.
Many thought I was disrespecting Tiger.
Pish, pish.
Without further ado, heres The Comebackers take on this and other issues.
Jarrick writes:What a mediocrity to focus on the smallness of tossing a hat. This is VERY negative on your part. The positive here was this man won a golf tournament and you incite such a punk attitude. You are incorrigible that you try to make a pristine event into an inferiority. Do I detect that you are jealous of Tiger and his greatness?
The Comebacker
Make up your mind, please: Am I a negative punk or a jealous incorrigible?

Barb writes: Lets hope he (Woods) doesnt emulate the Funk dress code.
The Comebacker
I dont think we will be seeing Tiger in a skort any time soon.

Lorna writes:.When you next see Tiger, please tell him that his comment about a Grand Slam win was doable has changed the Ladbroke odds. I have placed bets on Tiger winning multiple majors the past two years. Last year the lowest odds were 7-1 and 33-1 for the Slam. This year the odds 4-1 for none, 2-1 for the first three majors and 12-1 for the Slam. Cant make any money this year. I wish Tiger had kept his thought to himself.
The Comebacker
I will be sure to tell Tiger about his comment. Right after I tell him Fred Funk is still mad at him.

Vivian writes: Would Tiger have been as successful without Steve Williams?
The Comebacker
The answer is: yes. Tiger would have been as successful with PeeWee Herman on the bag. This is not to say Williams isnt one of the best loopers in the business, if not the friendliest. And heres a word on that: Tiger Woods, because of all the demands, is probably better served by a caddie/enforcer than he is by one who wants to be everybodys pal.

Byron writes:If only Veege could putt who knows how many more tournaments he could have won?
The Comebacker
Sure, and if Hogan had been a better putter, Tiger, now tied with Hogan at 64 wins, would still be chasing him in that category. The Comebacker, by the way, assumes when Byron writes Veege, he is referring to Veej, a.k.a. Vijay Singh.

Charlie writes: I agree George Lopez should go. I tune in to see golf, not some comic buffoons. To see clowns jumping into the gallery takes away from the game.
The Comebacker
Sorry, Charlie. You are wrong on this one. George Lopez is a funny man and provided a breath of fresh air at the Hope. The tournament officials did what they thought was best. And, yes, maybe Lopez particularly hip brand of humor is better suited for an event like the FBR Open, where the gallery demographic skews more towards his comedic instincts.

Marvin writes:I am so tired of all the self-righteous, politically correct, goody two-shoes in golf. So what if Daly has a few beers and gets over the edge now and then. Its his life. Does anyone remember a guy named Champagne Tony Lema? These buttinski types are the same Bushwood members that wanted to keep Lee Trevino off the TOUR, not to mention Charlie Sifford, and have promoted a stuffy members-only tradition that is ruining golf. Leave the man alone.

The Comebacker
Yes, its his life. But there are a lot of us who dont want to see him lose it.

Andre writes: Im certainly not admonishing Tripp (Isenhour) for killing the eagle, but to say it was an intentional act is probably an overstatement. Yes, he was aiming in the direction of the bird. But to stand over multiple shots with the intent of actually hitting the bird would not only be callous but smack of hatred; the kind of hatred that the television/internet mob assign to people like Michael Vick. And I doubt, without knowing him, that he had malicious intent when hitting the shots. It was a hooded 7-iron that got away from him. Instead of chasing the bird off the post he actually hit the bird. Yes, he should apologize, which he has. He should donate money and time to a humane society which Im sure he will. However, he shouldnt be sanctioned or banned from TOUR events for some length of time. That is just taking it too far.
The Comebacker
Several good points made by Andre. Didnt know there was such a thing as the television/internet mob, though.

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