Your reactions to a passionate Masters....Bubba's, Phil's and (oh yeah) Tiger's.
What an amazing Masters, right? Yep, and viewership was down 22 per cent reports say. That, after a resounding Thursday when viewership was up just as much. The difference, of course: Tiger Woods. When he's in it, the numbers soar, no matter how he's playing or what he's kicking. So it should come as no surprise that the preponderance of mail is not about Bubba out of the woods, but about Eldrick Tiger Woods, odd as that may sound. Oh, by the way, nobody mentioned Louie Ooosthuizen. Here are assorted messages to Golf World and Golf Digest.
At the first Masters after Seve Ballesteros's passing, the tournament is won by the one player who best epitomizes the departed Spaniard's get-out-of-trouble creative genius. Coincidence? I think not. Seve's magic isn't gone--it lives on in the person of Bubba Watson.
J. Michael Veron, Lake Charles, LA
What a pleasure watching golf on the most beautiful course in the world.The Masters is unbelievable in all respects. Watching a spitting, cussing, frowning, club-kicking golfer is no model for our younger generation to look up to. I hope the PGA has some help and hopefully a remedy for such actions. I enjoy your magazine.
Palmer Hanson, Ft. Pierre, SD
Love 'em, dislike 'em, or don't have an opinion about 'em, but a pretty good case could be made that Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus made golf what it is today: popular and extremely lucrative. I dont care how many Bobby Jones, Ben Hogans, or Sam Sneads there were. Without Arnold, Gary, and Jack, golf today would be the equivalent of indoor soccer. Every player in the Masters should have showed up to see those three guys officially start this years tournament. At the very least, every former Masters winner should have showed up. Instead only Phil Mickelson took the time and made the effort to attend even though it was seven hours before his tee time. Loveem, dislikeem, or dont have an opinion aboutem, but Phil has class and character rare qualities among todays highly compensated athletes. Thats why Im pulling for Phil each time he tees it up.
Jerry Slaske, Milwaukee, WI
Now that the Masters officials have succesfully "Tiger-proofed " their
course, Tiger has no wins since 2005, will they make additional changes
to "Bubba-proofe " their course next year?
Gene Martineau, Roseville, CA
Considering Tiger's appalling actions today on the golf course, I strongly recommend you close your "Tiger" site. He is turning into "John Daly II" and should not have a site of any kind after his actions today. I feel bad for any young "Tiger" fans that witnessed his actions - he should not be "promoted" anymore until he gets his "s***" today. Disgraceful.
Randy Rutz, Drumheller, CA
Despite the fact that the Masters is elitist, sexist and one time racist, they do have one redeeming factor. No one has a higher regard for the game of golf and its longstanding tradition as a gentleman’s game. So why do they tolerate Tiger Wood’s boorish behavior, the foul language and the throwing and kicking of clubs? The money driven PGA doesn’t have the fortitude to discipline him. But the shrine of golf in America should. It is time for the Masters to take a stand.
Chris Jackson, Walpole, MA
I was totally disgusted by Tiger Woods cursing and antics on the back nine yesterday. Tim Dahlberg of the AP put it into very good perspective in an article that appeared in my local newspaper the Spartanburg Herald Journal this morning. I wish everyone in golf media would look at and consider the negatives for the game posed by this situation before they ignore or excuse this behavior in their future correspondence . Simply put, what he did was an embarrassment to the Masters and the game, and the media should no longer tolerate it simply because he is a great player. I sincerely hope your publication will speak to this issue and chastise Woods publicly. Thank you for your consideration, and for your usual splendid coverage of the golf scene.
Tagg Bowman, Tryon, NC
When will you, the media, start holding Tiger accountable for his horrible behavior on the Tour?
My father would have grabbed me by the neck and drug me off the course if I acted like that! And you, the media, worship him, don't say a word.
Question: Do you let your kids throw temper tantrums...stomp...and say horrible swearing words? I actually have to mute the TV when he is hitting.
I ask you: Is that good for the game of golf...to have an ambassador of the game that we are afraid to let our kids watch and listen to?
You, the media are the only ones who can pressure the PGA and Tiger into changing this despicable behavior
Do you have the journalistic integrity?
Dave Riffey Sr.
Shell Lake, WI
Ahem. Do you guys play golf? Are you really that well-behaved? I congratulate you, but in the spirit of the season, suggest just a smidgen of forgiveness.
Friday night I was on a panel with Masters Champions Craig Stadler and Bernhard Langer when they were asked about Tiger's behavior. It came as no shock that Stadler was empathetic. If anyone understands on-course emotion, it's the Walrus. But Langer, too, was understanding, not at all judgmental, downright forgiving. What both tried to convey was the enormous pressure of a competition like the Masters and the determination that curdles to despair when things go wrong. Tiger, in his own way, apologized. But--just me here--if you want players to possess the kind of passion Bubba rode to his first Green Jacket, you've got to make room for some of the red-ass as well.