While he is not my least favorite player, Tiger Woods demeanor on the course is, at times, objectionable.
I coached high school golf for a number of years over the last three decades, and current players on the PGA tour have a huge influence on the young golfer. When Tiger lets go an f-bomb or tosses a club, he is sending a message that it is okay to act like this when you miss hit a shot. My goal, as a coach, is to let these young men know that I will accept nothing less than gentlemanly behavior on the golf course at all times.
So, then my high school golfers will take the mixed messages and ask themselves, "Who is more successful, our high school golf coach, or Tiger Woods?"
It is therefore reasonable to conclude that their conduct will occasionally bring a reprimand from me, but the guys, to their credit, after a heart to heart talk, will understand that their actions, whether it be tossing a club or salty language, has no place on the golf course.
I will say that I do admire the discipline and professionalism that Mr. Woods exhibits, but I have a difficult time rooting for him to win, because of the objectionable traits that he occasionally displays on the course.
I don't understand all the backlash to this comment. The guy is just saying that he's trying to teach his players to behave like gentlemen and that Tiger's tantrums make that harder. Fourputt takes him to task for demanding perfection, but then says he disapproves of the tantrums. Deryck Griffith complains that its dfreuter's job to teach them how to act? That was the point of his post. He said he teaches them and "to their credit" they usually understand.
I also don't think its apples to apples with other sports. Those other sports are max effort events, with yelling crowds. You win a golf tournament by staring at a putt for 5 minutes, walking up to it in complete silence, moving your putter about 2 feet and watching the ball slowly curl into the hole. Its completely different than lowering your shoulder (but not the crown of your helmet!) into a defender to run him over and get into the endzone as the crowd is screaming and yelling. Its just different. If you try to take a picture of Tiger as he walks by his goons will confiscate your camera.
I said Tiger is my favorite player, and that's because nobody is more fun to watch than him. But I do wish he could change his on-course behavior (I could care less who he sleeps with). When Tom Watson almost won the British Open a few years back the difference in class between the two was striking.