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Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email

Yes, and it doesn't matter and won't matter if Tiger is playing well, playing poorly, or not playing at all, the important thing for his sycophants is to keep the hype going at all costs.

At the recent Northern Open, the CBS announcers ran on and on about Woods even though he wasn't in the tournament and in fact hasn't played at Riviera for several years.

At the Accenture, it was all Tiger all the time, even for the final three days when Tiger had been eliminated and wasn't even at the tournament site.

It will be interesting to see if the Golf Channel announcers continue their schmoozing of Tiger at the Honda, another venue where Woods isn't entered and hasn't been entered for several years.

Alex USMC 1969-73
03/05/09 @ 09:50
Comment from: Wendy (UK) [Visitor] Email
Unfortunately the attendance figures bear out the sycophancy, Alex. Up on last year for the first couple of days and down when TW was eliminated (one for the little people!).

The GC coverage was such that I was reduced to following on-line to find out how anyone else was doing. At least I didn't have to put up with the Faldo/Miller commentary as UK had Butch Harmon/Ewen Murray who are respectful of TW's skills but NOT sycophantic.

There has not been one (enduring) blog on Accenture (Dot's report doesn't count on this score). Why not? The quality of golf Friday/Sunday was fantastic and Geoff Ogilvy was a most worthy winner.

03/05/09 @ 14:35
Comment from: Michael [Visitor]
And what is wrong with Paula Creamer? What are you some kind of fruit cake. Get a grip man, they're all great!
03/05/09 @ 15:47
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor] Email
I agree with you Wendy as to the shortness of quality coverage for pro golfers other than Tiger Woods. Take a look at the number of google hits for Tiger (7 million) and the results when you type in Ogilvy's name (under 500k) and you'll see why writers and the media in general are thrilled that Woods is returning to golf.

Now, Tiger needs a real challenger who will put him to the test. Any takers? Phil Mickelson perhaps?
03/05/09 @ 18:27
Comment from: putt4par [Visitor] Email
Stacy, with a little bit of luck maybe the kid from Northern Ireland will have the right stuff to challenge TW.
If so, then expect the world to hype the kid to death, hammer every mistake he makes and so forth to the exclusion of all others barring TW.
03/05/09 @ 18:47
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
As previously noted, Tiger was not in the field at the Honda.

But that didn't slow down the Woods worship in the least.

The announcers, especially Johnny Miller, seem to have been given instructions to mention Tiger's name at every opportunity.

At the beginning of the NBC telecast, a shot by Rory McElroy had just been shown when Miller went into his Tiger schmoozing. The shot was Tigeresque, he reminds Johnny of a young Tiger, Tiger hit it as long or longer than Rory when he was 19, and on and on, saying Tiger's name at least ten times to open the program.

Later, Miller was describing Will MacKenzie's target spot on his teeshots as being 30 feet downrange from the tee, a lot further than the three feet preferred by Jack Nicklaus. That seemed innocuous enough, but then he just had to add the obligatory "just like Tiger."

And during the Honda telecast, Tiger's picture was all over the screen in advertisements and promotional shots.

Everybody with any sense at all knows that Woods is a superstar, a legend, and an alltime great. But the incessant fawning is getting to be a bit much.

Alex USMC 1969-73
03/07/09 @ 19:49
Comment from: david tillotson [Visitor] Email
tiger woods is a great golfer, pretty much begins and ends there. He's not a particularly interesting or clever person. His interviews are all re hashes of the same bland remarks (my god he is BORING to listen to.) No loss is ever his fault...it is the weather/conditions, his equipment...anything but his own mistakes. he is single handedly making golf boring, which it is not at all by nature. tiger is like a robot, voilĂ !, i found the right word to describe him, a ROBOT. and he never looks like he is having any FUN playing the game (which is what is all about, right?) never signs autographs, i pretty much despise the guy. golf is such a rich game with so much tradition and so many talented, interseting pros playing today (mickelson, poulter, singh, harrington to name a few) that it is just plain bad for the sport to focus on one guy who doesn't give a sh** about his 'fans' and acts like a fool when he makes a good shot (that fist pump was cool, maybe, the first ten times he did it...it is OLD and tasteless now.) anyway, to anyone in the media reading this (yeah right,)......there are many talented and interesting golfers on tour RIGHT NOW...and many of us are sick of NOT hearing about them, and only hearing about one, self centered guy that is actually doing more short and long term damage to the sport than all the greats that preceded him.
05/25/09 @ 20:32

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