This latest cartoon isn’t likely to be unanimously popular. But I have my opinions you know. For years I lauded Tiger Woods as the second coming of Bobby Jones and then some. He was a phenomenon surpassing all expectations. But throughout his career, with each passing Tiger Woods win and loss, the warm and fuzzy feeling for me began to erode. And it wasn’t just the scandal he created in his personal life that turned me away. It really was a cumulative effect of the way he treated others, galleries, caddies, and the game itself that wore me down. I grew tired of “the act”.
Years ago I had the good pleasure of being on the infamous Joe and Irv radio show here in Denver during the International at Castle Pines Golf Tournament. They informed during the commercial break right before I was about to go on the air that they had just finished interviewing the great Jack Nicklaus. In fact he had been sitting in the exact chair I just plopped down in. When we went on the I quipped that sitting in the same chair that Jack Nickaus had been sitting in was as close to a good golf shot as I was ever going to get.
Not only was Nicklaus a legend, he was and is, pure class. He treated people with kindness and controlled his emotions on the course. Neither of which Tiger Woods has learned or will ever learn to do. It’s not in his character. Jack Nicklaus he ain’t.