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The media needs to stop asking golfers their opinion on Tiger as it's getting old.  Tiger has done a lot for the sport but he's not relevant to what's happening in the game currently.  I'd much rather

Greg's an arrogant bastard, who is rumoured to have lived a life on tour similar to Tiger. If he needs advice to lead at the 3rd round of a major and give it away, Greg is his man.

It is true that Norman could giver Tiger advice on the above things - but Tiger's probably already taken advice from a lot of people be it related to his divorce or how terribly bad he drives the ball



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The media needs to stop asking golfers their opinion on Tiger as it's getting old.  Tiger has done a lot for the sport but he's not relevant to what's happening in the game currently.  I'd much rather hear their opinions on their current competition on not speculation on Tigers return or personal life.   Norman thinks he might be able to give some advice to Tiger but Tiger hasn't asked for it, so it's a non-story.


Yes, the media should stop asking other golfers for their opinion on Tiger, but your assertion that Tiger is no longer "relevant" to golf just does not hold up.  Case in point, Tiger will be playing in this week's Fry.com Open ( http://www.golfworldmonday.com/golfworldmonday/20111003?sub_id=GdepOqGKZAGv#pg8 ) and the tournament director said that tickets sales were up more than 40% from last year (he attributed most of those sales coming in after Tiger's announcement), volunteers also flocked to offer their services and sponsors were willing to part with their cash.  This for a tournament that typically struggled to draw fans, generate enthusiasm, and retain sponsors acording to the article.  Tiger is very much still relevant by his presence even if his game currently does not hold up.

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Point well taken, I agree he's relevant to ratings and attendance as I've stated in other posts but in terms of who's winning tournaments he's not even in the Top 50 at this point.  Dale Ernhardt Jr gets a ton of press from the media that covers NASCAR because of his dad, but he isn't the guy the other racers worry about on race day.  I see Tiger in much the same way at this point in that there are many good - great golfers right now that warrant discussion with regards to the top tournament contenders and until he demonstrates otherwise Tiger isn't one of them.

Originally Posted by ERdiesel

Yes, the media should stop asking other golfers for their opinion on Tiger, but your assertion that Tiger is no longer "relevant" to golf just does not hold up.  Case in point, Tiger will be playing in this week's Fry.com Open ( http://www.golfworldmonday.com/golfworldmonday/20111003?sub_id=GdepOqGKZAGv#pg8 ) and the tournament director said that tickets sales were up more than 40% from last year (he attributed most of those sales coming in after Tiger's announcement), volunteers also flocked to offer their services and sponsors were willing to part with their cash.  This for a tournament that typically struggled to draw fans, generate enthusiasm, and retain sponsors acording to the article.  Tiger is very much still relevant by his presence even if his game currently does not hold up.



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Tiger will not socialize or talk to anyone who will gossip or name drop to the public and answer questions from the media about him.  Thats what happened to Butch, Hank Haney, Steve Williams, and Charles Barkley.

Tiger also views himself as the military like commander in chief, and when Steve publically said Tiger would have to gain his trust.  This put Steve over Tiger.  And I knew it was only a matter of time till Steve Williams was gone.  Think what would happen if the commander of the Marines Corp would say to the media that President Obama would have to earn his trust.

If anyone thinks Tiger would go to a gossiping Greg Norman for advice, and it would also mean that Tiger would be publically acknowledge Greg as his elder, superior. Won't ever happen .

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Greg is still talking .

Greg Norman said:

“I can understand the name of a Tiger Woods and his history of what he’s done on the golf course,” Norman said. “But I pick the guys who I think are ready to get in there and play and have performed to the highest levels leading up to it.”

“If I was in his shoes, I would feel like I got gut-checked a little bit,” Norman said. “He’s a young guy. He likes the Presidents Cup. He loves the idea of playing for his country, and he’s not. So I feel for him.”

Couples fired back:
“I have no problem with Greg. He can say whatever he wants, but I’m not really into that. I play golf with my clubs,” Couples said after his seven-shot win. “Robert Allenby is his pick, and Aaron Baddeley, and they’re Australians and I think they’re great picks. But I think I can sit here and say Robert Allenby hasn’t won a tournament in 10 years.”

I think the point goes to Freddie on that exchange.

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Originally Posted by neophyte

Tiger will not socialize or talk to anyone who will gossip or name drop to the public and answer questions from the media about him.  Thats what happened to Butch, Hank Haney, Steve Williams, and Charles Barkley.

Tiger also views himself as the military like commander in chief, and when Steve publically said Tiger would have to gain his trust.  This put Steve over Tiger.  And I knew it was only a matter of time till Steve Williams was gone.  Think what would happen if the commander of the Marines Corp would say to the media that President Obama would have to earn his trust.

If anyone thinks Tiger would go to a gossiping Greg Norman for advice, and it would also mean that Tiger would be publically acknowledge Greg as his elder, superior.  Won't ever happen.



I believe Hank texted Tiger that he was gone ... and Tiger said something like "WTF?"

Hank effectively fired Tiger.

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Originally Posted by Mr. Desmond

I believe Hank texted Tiger that he was gone ... and Tiger said something like "WTF?"

Hank effectively fired Tiger.

I don't believe that. I think that either Tiger let Hank say that's what happened or Hank read the tea leaves and decided to quit instead of being fired.

But let's talk about Greg Norman here, not Hank Haney. ;-)

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Couples fired back:
“I have no problem with Greg. He can say whatever he wants, but I’m not really into that. I play golf with my clubs,” Couples said after his seven-shot win. “Robert Allenby is his pick, and Aaron Baddeley, and they’re Australians and I think they’re great picks. But I think I can sit here and say Robert Allenby hasn’t won a tournament in 10 years.”

In John Stewart voice - "Ohhh snap!".

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Seems like a lame attempt for Norman to grab some headlines and attention from the press at Tigers and Couples expense.  Couples response was spot on, hopefully this will shut Norman up for a while.

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The Allenby counterpoint is a good one. No PGA Tour wins since 2001, no Euro Tour wins since1996, 5 major top-10s in his career, none since 2008 (but hey, he won on the Sunshine Tour in 2009! :-P I shouldn't kid, the Nedbank attracts a decent field). Tiger's a has-been at worst, Allenby's a never-was at best.
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I wish America didn't care about Tiger Woods so much.  Time hasn't change the fact that he is still a spoiled, childish, ***** mongering, very rich an talented pro athlete. I hope he never talks to anyone who could give him advise except maybe someone who could convice him to be a better person, role model etc.  I hope he contiues to play poorly as long as his attitude is so surly.

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This isn't a pro Woods sentiment, nor is it anti Allenby, it's a Norman made a dumb statement. Allenby is a great ball striker, I think his putting is not as good.

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Originally Posted by sean_miller

You have an "interesting" posting style.

Greg Norman could have kept his thoughts on Tiger to himself, but there are two things he could advise Tiger on.

1.) Driving

2.) Not giving up

3.) Recovering from injuries

4.) Dealing with spiteful members of the press

Okay, that's 4.



Originally Posted by Kieran123

It is true that Norman could giver Tiger advice on the above things - but Tiger's probably already taken advice from a lot of people be it related to his divorce or how terribly bad he drives the ball.


I just naturally assumed that sean_miller meant driving a car...

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You guys laugh at Norman picking Allenby, but you guys haven't played golf in Australia. Playing golf on Sandbelt courses in the height of summer which make the greens at Augusta look like cow paddocks. Now, if the golf club got their way, the greens would be like playing on concrete. Good luck stopping a ball on the greens. Allenby grew up playing these courses, hitting shots with high winds and hard greens. It takes a lot of experience to play these conditions. Tiger has played in these conditions quite a few times, and as a result will be an asset to the US team. See the score last time it was played at Royal Melbourne? And the US had arguably one of the strongest teams they'd ever had in a president's cup.

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I have some advice for Tiger as well but he doesn't call me, either.

As for picking Tiger for the President's Cup, I honestly believe Freddy had no choice in the matter.  I can imagine that when he started hinting around that he might not pick Tiger some tournament or PGA official informed him that he would, in fact, be picking Tiger.  TV Viewership doubles at least because of Tiger's presence.  That amounts to real dollars.  You can tell me otherwise but I'll never believe it.

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It's a shame that probably 99% of the non-golfing public know who Tiger is but I'd bet almost none have ever heard of Rocco Mediate.

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