Chris Baldwin This Week at WorldGolf.com: July 20, 2005

Tiger equals I, Robot: A bogey criticism

Jim Rome, a nationally syndicated U.S. sports radio host, has this hilarious bit where he plays a Tiger Woods audio clip sliced together from several interviews where the world's greatest golfer recites in rote monotone: "The golf course looks good. My golf swing feels good. I like my chances."

Rome sometimes conducts "interviews" with Tiger where he simply plays that clip in response to every question.

The golf course looks good. My golf swing feels good. I like my chances.

But Tiger, what are your feelings on the situation in the Middle East?

The golf course looks good. My golf swing feels good. I like my chances.

It's smile-ensuring, side-splitting, even milk-spitting stuff. Everyone knows Tiger Woods is simply a robot after all, programmed to dominate golf, marry a smoking hot blonde who tries to blend Stepford Wives-like into the background, and sell tons of Buicks.

Or at least everyone who does not care to know better knows this. Which includes an awful lot of people who simply seem to need to criticize Tiger.

For a short while as Woods made his swing adjustments, they could shout about how he'd never be as dominant as he once was, lampoon his marriage and say it made him soft. But now that Tiger blew away the field at St. Andrews, making a Duke-Monmouth NCAA Tournament first-round hoops game look intensely competitive by contrast -- well, it's back to the robot.

He does not feel enough. He's too darn serious. When is he ever going to say something about anything serious?

This last one came up again in the wake of his 10th major title. Some felt Tiger should have talked about the London tube bombing victims in the moments after he raised the Claret Jug, reflected on world events rather than Jack Nicklaus.

Now, it's hard to emphatically state those who believe this are wrong, but it just rings like seeing fault with Tiger when none is there. Forget the fact he's a golfer and his mind was undoubtedly utterly focused on the grind of winning maybe the biggest golf tournament in the world. (You're not Tiger if you cannot concentrate to a needle's point.)

No, the overlooked truth here is that Tiger had already opened up on the bombings, unscripted. He'd told the world press about how his mother was in a hotel across the street from one of the blasts, how he didn't even know how close she had been until his coach, Hank Haney, told him a full week later.

"She doesn't tell me anything,'' Woods said in a press conference at the British Open. "That's kind of how our family is. If you're injured or you're hurt or you're sick or anything, you don't tell anyone. You just deal with life and move on."

Tiger Woods' mom does not tell him things because she doesn't want to worry him. His hair is getting thinner underneath those Nike caps, like many of us when we approached 30. He really seems to miss his dad being there for these major wins.

Guess what? He's human, real as it gets.

The golf course looks good. My golf swing feels good. I like my chances.

Good comedy does not always equal great truth.

As always, WorldGolf.com welcomes your comments.

Experience the best of Arizona golf! With incredible layouts to choose from and top notch accommodations, you can't go wrong in Arizona! Call the experts at Arizona Tee Times, toll free: 1-800-767-3574.

Iberostar Paraiso Maya Cancun Resort Cancun luxury? Iberostar Paraiso
Maya your only world-class choice

Located just down the road from rowdy Cancun, the Iberostar Paraiso Maya, a 432-suite Spanish resort, brings real luxury to an area known for hotels with beer-stained couches and room service meals that make your neighborhood IHOP look sumptuous. If you go to the Cancun area looking for beaches and a carefree lifestyle with high-end accommodations and fantastic golf courses, Paraiso Maya is by far your best shot, writes West Coast Bureau Chief Chris Baldwin.

Full story | Blogger's advice for Mexico: Bring your balls

Golf Tampa Bay! Florida's hottest new golf destination has gorgeous sugar-white beaches and an intriguing collection of first-rate courses.

Vijay SinghBunker tips designed for women
or golfers with low club head speed

Have you been told to open your clubface? Open your body? Swing the club more up on the back swing? These suggestions work great for Vijay Singh and even Annika Sorenstam because these players generate tremendous speed. They don't work for the average female golfer, who cannot even begin to relate to this power game and would simply be happy to be able to get out of the bunker and onto the green most of the time.

Full story | GolfInstruction.com, your key to better golf

Vegas Golf & Travel - 3 Of A Kind

Stardust Hotel and Casino3 Nights at Stardust Hotel and Casino, playing 3 Rounds of golf at Las Vegas GC, Eagle Crest, Las Vegas National starting at $285.00.

Call Now! 1-800-826-0353
Visit our Specials page for further details >>

Golf and Travel WritersING writing awards spotlight what's
wrong with media, travel writing

Ours is a world of vested interests and hidden agendas; just turn on the TV to see the blur between politics and propaganda. Here in our own little corner of the world we have the International Network of Golf, an organization that brings together members of the media with golf businesses. The ING has a lofty mission: "to enhance and promote communication and education in golf." It also has a writing awards program that some critics call "bogus."

Full story | Wanted: One golf blogger unafraid to speak the truth

Arizona Tee Times - Arizona Summer 2005 GOLD Golf Package

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club3 nights of stay & play 3 rounds at courses like Stonecreek Golf, SunRidge Canyon & lots more of your choice from different given options starting from $299.

Call Now! 1-800-767-3574
Visit our Specials page for more info>>



Free Golf eBooks! Download comprehensive golf destination and course guides in PDF format from GolfeBooks.com.

Gaylord Golf Package
Dates: January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Located on the west side of Otsego Lake on one of the most scenic sites in northern Michigan, The Natural is among Gaylord's top golf experiences. Now you can stay at nearby Beaver Creek Resort and play golf at The Natural for less than $100. Based on double occupancy and a two-night minimum required.
Price range: $100
The Best In Golf From The Web
Swing Fix