Readers review Open, er Tiger, coverage. Harshly.
He may have finished T-21 at the Open, but Tiger remains No. 1 in the pens of Golf Digest and Golf World correspondents. You love him. You hate him. You can't keep from commenting on the commenting about him. By the way, all of you will be interested in this perceptive column by Golf World's Ron Sirak
on the current state of Tiger and his game.
And the latest from our readers:
I was brought up in an era when commentators/writers of sporting events
were supposed to be neutral and show no favourites. I am sick to death of how all the commentators/writers are ga-ga about Woods. They carry on with such biased views it is sickening. He can shoot plus 2 and it is "poor Tiger.'" Another player, who may
have been leading and shoots plus 4, they say nothing.
Among TV commentators, the late Henry Longhurst and Peter Alliss were
so good. They may have had a favourite but it wouldn't show.
It looks like in this portion of his career, Tiger has to go through the same process of choking, etc. that most champions have to, that he didn't have to go through before. What happened to his short game?
I am normally a big Tiger Woods fan. However, after watching four days of a combined ESPN / NBC telecast I found myself rooting for anyone but Tiger. All of it due to the broadcasters in the booth. Never have I seen a group of national commentators drool over one athlete. During Friday's telecast the announcers sounded like a group of mothers at their kids' Little League game; "Great shot by Tiger !" Tiger is a surgeon," Tiger is the man to beat!" On Saturday NBC showed more of Tiger warming up than they showed of some players who were in contention.Yes, Tiger may have been the most exciting player in golf, but as we saw on Sunday, those days are gone.
It's hard to explain why Tiger elicits such comment from you, whether he's winning, struggling or simply existing. What we do know, and what Sirak points out, is that Tiger is human. He's no less talented than ever, but he's having a harder time activating that talent than he used to. Just why is a mystery, or, as reader Moran points out, maybe a lost short game. Barring another visit from the Jungle Bird, however, nothing and no one draws more attention to our sport.
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