That said, over the past few weeks Ive received some 1000 responses on the Tiger Woods situation. In particular, the column I wrote titled Why all the Venom Toward Woods?
Truth be told, nine out of every 10 comments you threw my way agreed with the general feeling I have which is/was this: Though not perfect, I have a very positive view toward Woods. And Im more than a bit perplexed by a small minority who feel (and verbally show) great resentment toward Tiger no matter what he does.
One of 10 told me to go pound sand, which after caddying for Steve Flesch last week is not proper etiquette. We gently rake the bunker. Many of you said that I write way too much about Tiger which made me laugh. Check the archive of my columns.
Nearly seven of every 10 took Woods to task over his on-course demeanor. Many of you then took me to task (which is OK) for not giving my two cents on his on-course personality. Last week I did that, and my feeling is still the same. In short here it is.
I applaud Woods for 99 percent of his make-up. He handles more in one day on tour than many deal with in a year. He respects his fellow competitors, respects the game and is blessed with more talent and desire than anyone in the game today. However, I do have a hard time with his tendency to be caught on-camera with foul language or the foul habit of slamming a club.
I realize none of us is perfect, but Woods (like it or not) is a role model. He is a role model, in part, by his own doing. It is my opinion that in choosing to work with kids by way of clinics and his own Tiger Woods Foundation he has a responsibility to show them the right way. Other than that, let Tiger do things his way and lets enjoy it.
Thats my opinion. Now, heres a sampling of yours:
Hopefully you took the time to read those. Again, a small sampling of what amounted to 1000 or so responses.
Disturbing to me is the subject of race. A handful of folks believe that has a lot to do with any anti-Woods sentiment. If so (and Im not nave enough to think that some wouldnt feel this way), we have just been given further proof that we as a country are far from ideal.
As for thoughts that media types like me ride the Tiger bandwagon at light speeds, youre entitled to your opinion. Speaking for myself, I call it like I see it but attempt to remain objective in my views.
Im biased about this however: I challenge you to find another channel or show other than The Sprint Pre/Post Game or Golf Central that attempts to bring you insight and interviews from so many players and many of them are not named Woods.
Next week, we will not focus on Tiger Woods. I promise. Just thought youd like to see and read what comes my way.
P.S. Hey, Steve Flesch. Thanks for the offer to tote your bag last week at the Bank of America Colonials pro-am. It was a thrill and a privilege to caddy for a colleague, a friend and now a two-time PGA Tour winner. It couldnt have been a better week!
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