Originally Posted by Beachcomber
Steve Stricker. .......You could sense an enny teeny weeny bit of regret about the now infamous 'putting lesson' he provided Tiger...
SS = class act (that's my impression anyway)
IMHO - I read the reply in a different way - I did NOT get any regret at all from the interview. What I got was a bit of hesitation from a pretty obnoxious interview question and he took a beat to give a good answer that wouldn't bury him in public opinion. If he spoke without thinking then there are obnoxious fans, press, and even forum sites that will make an unfair and wearinging opinionated stink (think Phil, think Rory). Answer wrong, and he could have come across as resentful or selfish or petty, or claiming credit for Tiger's effort, or any number of other reads that people will unfairly run with just because that's what some do. Take a second, and tell the truth clearly, and not off the cuff, and he gives a clean response that still gives credit where credit was due.
I think there's a large group of these guys that all are happy to help each other out and don't really think much about it. And they'd rather beat Tiger on Tiger's good day than just step on him on a bad day.
I think it might even have been a bit embarrassing to get that question when the interview could have been about his excellent performance. Instead, the reporter turns a good opportunity to interview Steve, into just getting Steve to comment on Tiger. It was a crappy interview question with the same depth as "how do feel about (whatever)" questions.