Originally Posted by albatross
This isn't a discussion about Sergio vs. Tiger this weekend ( I know we already have that thread). This is just about Sergio. Just when I try to forget some of his past whining and ridiculous antics (spitting in the cup was the worst of all time), this guy comes out crying and sounds like a huge baby.
And now everyone is saying, wow, it was good of him to talk to the media after his round. He SHOULD talk to the media after his round. Part of the reason he was so cordial on Sunday, is because he probably realized what a child he sounded like earlier in the weekend. I think him making such a big deal of the incident, had to have distracted him this weekend. He puts these own obstacles in his way. Other players might have been pissed, but they would have shook it off (unless it was Bubba or something).
I'm just genuinely curious about those of you that like Sergio, how you can root for this guy? I agree he's got a great swing and at times he can be humble, but it always ruins it for me when he gets in his "poor me", nothing ever works out for me phase. That's why this guy hasn't and won't win a major championship.
I'm a golf fan, not necesssarily a Sergio fan, but I can easily bring myself to defend his words. If you actually watched the interview, he didn't blow Tiger up. He acknowledged it was a crowd reaction to Tiger that distracted him, and he fairly suggested that, given the predictable state of affairs that comes with playing in front of huge crowds (ala Tiger), that perhaps TW should have been more sensitive to the possibility of interfering with his playing partner.
The media made way more out of it than was called for, as they made more of Tiger's reply. Sergio was absolutely right. Tiger didn't mean any harm (at least, not based on my opinion having watched the video), and Sergio had time to step off. I've had it happen to me, where I hear a noise, don't immediately react, but allow myself to lose focus by acknowledging the sound before making a swing.
We all play in groups with guys who aren't sensitive to the other players around them. Typically that only includes hitting out of turn, or making a racket with the golf cart at the wrong time. For a guy who plays with the amount of buzz that Tiger does, he absolutely should be aware of the players in his group, and when they're hitting. Folks love to embrace the media narrative of Sergio as a baby, but in this case I'm not buying it.