Tiger, Tours, and Personality April 2, 2007, 2:50 pm

by Par4zcourz
Are you forgetting Tiger's animated responses to past wins, fists pumping, crying when he won after his dad passed etc.
Listen, he has his fun, skydiving, bunjee jumping, etc. when he's not golfing. Critics were all over him, when he wore a goatee, when he dyed his hair. Supposed pictures of his wife are all over the internet, he's heckeled at matches, people disrupt his swing...because they don't want him to succeed. Pls, your belly aching about Tiger is par for the course.
Let him be...and marvel at his efficiency and prowess. Learn something about focus, preparation, intensity.
If he loses two in row by 2 strokes each, critics says he's slipping. He's not an automoton, but critics like you and others expect him to be what you want him to be, instead of respecting and appreciating what he's doing for the game of golf - setting the bar higher for all players - you included - and bringing more attention and new players to the game than ever before.
Test your mettle against the standard he's creating, and quit bellyaching. You have Daly and Camilo Villegas (he of the weird prone putt read!) as personalities.
Tiger's on a mission...and it is likely that he will achieve it. give him his props and leave him alone.

Tiger, Tours, and Personality March 29, 2007, 3:57 pm

by BJ
Nicklaus started it; never did like his fencepost personality; Tiger is worse. That's why guys like Funk, Zinger, Kelly, Jake, Fuzzy, et al are fan favs; mine too. When I turn on the tube on Sunday afternoon and Tiger is ahead by 3 or 4 on #10 (or VJ), I go find something interesting to do, like watch the LPGA or reruns of the ladies Big Break or clip grocery coupons.

Re: March 29, 2007, 2:59 am

TV Golf March 29, 2007, 2:59 am

by John Sterling
I applaud your views regarding golf "watchability" and the impact it has on viewers. Being bored to tears watching golf will never turn the true golfer away from playing the game but it WILL turn off the potential new golfer. Without the latter, our sport and the entire industry that surounds it is doomed. Look what happened to snooker where TV created the initial boom and then was entirely resposible for it's downfall with clubs closing all over the place. The same could quite easily happen to golf and the effects will have a much greater impact generally.
Arnold Palmer was and is right in his attitude to the gallery. He and Lee Trevino were instumental in giving entertainment value to golfers and non-golfers alike. Without players like them on our screens, I fear for the future of both our sport and our industry.

RE: TV Golf April 1, 2007, 11:04 am

by AllBiz
Amazing.....Tiger has brought more attention and interest to golf than any of the previous golf greats
And it's great that Lorena and her fans are enjoying her victories and having a great emotional display -- part of this display is no doubt part of the Latin temperament -
The world of golf has expanded, and more cultures than ever are interested and participating in golf -- Some cultures highly respect emotional reserve -- Arnold grew up and played golf in a different era -- perhaps he wishes we could turn back the hands of the clock and not change the face of golf.
It's true that there's entertainment value with 'big personalities', frankly, who has attracted more attention and money to golf than Tiger?

RE: TV Golf March 29, 2007, 12:35 pm

by Richard Williams
I totally agree with Mr. Palmer, the attitude of the PGA tour seems to be lifeless. I know everyone wants to win, but show some emotion in winning. I think the LPGA tour right now is fantastic and the champions tour even has more kick. The other thing that bothers me the most is how Tiger can drop the F bomb and get off without a fine (assuming). Mr. Palmer still has some say at the Golf Channel, maybe he should not show Tiger 18 out of 24 hours per day with his highlight shows.


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