Originally Posted by iacas
What's it to you if someone is a "Tiger fan"? Tiger plays golf. If they're attending a golf tournament because Tiger's playing in it, again, what's it to you? Does it make you feel superior to them because you're a "golf" fan and not a "Tiger" fan?
I don't care why someone's at a golf tournament. I - and the other players - are glad they're there.
Erik, here is what it is to me, and I suggest I am not alone.
I associate the Tiger fans with the "You Da Man" yelling fans. I do this because that type of fan started up with Tiger. It followed Tiger around the golf course. This group of "yelling fans", and it is irrefutable that they do YELL (emphasis mine) all over the golf course, has led to what we saw this past weekend with all these fans yelling at impact. It has obviously gotten to guys like Furyk, Westwood, and Poulter, players with completely different personalities, and likely many, many more players. In this respect, it detracts from the game.
I don't like the trend as it is away from the traditional gentlemanly nature of the game and towards a decidedly ungentlemanly pattern of behavior. I like a good fiercely competed match on the golf course as much as anyone, but contested in a gentlemanly fashion. The truth is, I don't like club throwers and foul language shouted out on the golf course, something I have noticed a decided rise in over the past 15 years. They may be growing the game, but they have sacrificed something when they failed to teach the new golfers about etiquette.
That may sound all high brow to you, or it may sound right and you may still feel you can't publicly agree lest you turn anyone off. You do run a very public message board, so I'd understand if this is the case. You can feel free to disagree with me, but since you asked I wanted to be honest and explain my sentiments to you.
Putting on my flak jacket as I hit the submit tab....