124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Woody's Fragility

October 12, 2007

On the heels of yesterday's admission by Padraig Harrington that he plays better in fear than in confidence, comes a letter from Californian Paul Cervantes on Golf World's John Hawkins' depiction of Wet Woody Austin at the Presidents Cup ("All For One and One For All").


"His mental fragility is frightening." No, the media's ceaseless characterizations of Woody Austin as man on the brink is what's scary. No one who plays professional sports for a living, let alone one who has made well over $2,000,000 just this year, is anything like fragile. Why not let Woody Austin revel in his great play at the Presidents Cup? Real lovers of the game just aren't that interested in whether he fell in the water or not. Sometimes I think that Golf World's staff would be better suited to covering Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

Paul, while I tend to agree that Woody is mentally sturdier than he leads us to believe, your "no one who plays professional sports...is anything like fragile" got me thinking: Jimmy Piersall, Bill Lee, Dennis Rodman, Mark Fydrich, Steve Sax, Chuck Knoblauch, Rick Ankiel....and I'm not even into placekickers yet. Readers, I'm sure you can add to the list....

--Bob Carney