Top quotes about Tiger in 2012


'My guess is that the publication of this book won't bring us closer.' – Hank Haney, on his relationship with Tiger Woods after 'The Big Miss' hit shelves.

'I don't know whether he's going to continue to beat the guys. While he has been gone for what, say 2 1/2 years, whether these guys who have all now learned how to play, all learned how to win, they're probably no longer afraid of Tiger.' – Jack Nicklaus, on Woods’ intimidation factor.

'The disruptive timing of this book shows that Haney's self-promotion is more important to him than any other person or tournament. What’s been written violates the trust between a coach and player and someone also once considered a friend.' – Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent, who responded to an excerpt from 'The Big Miss,' in which it says that Woods once had aspirations of becoming a Navy SEAL.

'It has just gotten to the point where the tearing down of Tiger as a person and a golfer has become just too much. I think it is just out of hand.' – Woods’ swing coach Sean Foley, speaking on Sirius/XM’s PGA Tour Network's 'Fairways of Life.'

'I thought he acted like the south end of a northbound mule.' – Paul Azinger, on Woods throwing and kicking his club at the Masters.

'At the current situation, he's going to have trouble. That's my feeling.' – Arnold Palmer, on whether Woods will break Nicklaus' all-time major-championship victory mark.

'The real bottom line is for me, (Woods) just doesn't have the self-belief, the self-confidence that he obviously had, the Tiger of old, simple as that.' –  Nick Faldo, chiming in on what he feels is part of Woods' struggles.

'Simply, he needs to fire Sean (Foley), call Butch (Harmon).' – Brandel Chamblee, on what he thinks Woods should be doing to better his game.

'His putting isn’t as good as it used to be, and it’s been that way for a while now. It just shows you how hard the game is and just how great he was.' – Haney’s opinion on Woods’ struggles, which he blames mostly on his foundering short game.

'Did he make a mistake? Hell yeah, he made a huge mistake. But did he ruin the game that I play? No. I wish he never would've done that. He might have 100 wins by now, and he would still be picked on.' – Fred Couples, on Woods' personal affairs that came to light after Thanksgiving in 2009. He went on to say it’s time for Tiger’s critics to move past his personal troubles.

'He wants to win another major championship so bad to shut everybody up, I honestly believe the pressure got to him, and he choked.' – Chamblee, on Woods falling out of the U.S. Open title race in the third round.

'I'd love Tiger to go out first and kick his ass.' – McIlroy, half-joking, talking about a possible singles match on Sunday of the Ryder Cup against Woods.

“What I'm seeing is that Tiger's really intimidated by Rory. When have you ever seen him intimidated by another player? Never. But I think he knows his time's up, and that's normal; these things tend to go in 15-year cycles. Jack (Nicklaus) took it from Arnold (Palmer). I took it from Jack, Tiger from me and now it looks like Rory's taking it from Tiger.” – Greg Norman, creating an uproar with comments about Woods and his rivalry with McIlroy.

'When Tiger is on, he’s on, and he’s very impressive, but when he’s not, he’s not. It’s a brave captain to leave him out.' – Ian Poulter, on Davis Love III’s decision to send the Woods-Steve Stricker pairing back out in the afternoon session of the Ryder Cup, after losing to Poulter and Justin Rose, 2 and 1, in the opening session on Friday.

'He's not on the comeback. He's back. He's won three times. Nobody else has won three times. But he's not going to dominate majors like he did in the past.' – Charles Barkley, on the state of Woods' game after Woods won the AT&T National.