Augusta, GA - The subject was the Tiger Woods mess Saturday. Bubba Watson had his own stories to tell about someone watching golf on television and then calling and accusing him of breaking a rule. The first was on the Friday of the 2007 U.S. Open. (Snip) Next was in 2011, after he won the Farmers Insurance Open. A viewer called the next day and said Watson had improved his lie on No. 17. Officials checked. Nothing. "Probably somebody who hates Bubba Watson," he said Saturday. So put Watson down with those who have grown weary of golfers accused of rule violations via calls
Comments: Bubba´s complaining that some "TV viewers" have the ability to call into the networks and question some possible infraction. I would think they are the hi-end advertisers watching and worried when instant-replays show too much of a weekend tournament. The worst part is that the announcers who are on site must hear on their earpieces and then make up whatever story they are told to tell US.
During the 1983 Tournament Players Championship (now called the Players Championship) at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, I was in the gallery with another pro, standing about thirty yards right of the eighth green. Hole eight is a par 3, measuring some 225 yards, ordinarily a long iron shot for the pros.
I remember big Andy Bean hitting his approach almost at my feet. His ball was lying terribly with long grass ahead of and behind the ball, while the ball was lying on a strip of hardpan. The hole was cut on a narrow shelf in the rear of the green. Andy hit an amazing cut lob with an open-faced sand wedge, about two feet away. We were duly impressed.
A group later another pro whom I will call RS hit his ball in the exact same place. He cursed when he saw the lie, and yelled up to the green to his playing partner--J.C. Snead, I think--saying that his ball was in casual water, and that he was taking relief. Hearing no objection from Snead, RS dropped his ball on a nice cushion of grass and hit his own cut lob close to the hole, then missed the putt. Karma.
A couple of years later RS hit a tee shot underneath a tree and was penalized for bending a branch out of the way to get a clean swing. I have always considered RS to be a damned cheater, and have considered the Big Gator (Andy Bean) to be a player with a truly professional attitude.
BTW, we called in a rules official to report RS´s clear cheat, and identified ourselves as pros. That didn´t matter. RS got away with his cheat that day. But in the long run he was found out.
There wasn´t casual water within fifty feet of where those two balls came to rest. My friend and I looked at each other in amazement when RS took relief from a situation in which he clearly wasn´t entitled to it. Just blatant cheating. His playing partners were too lazy to walk over and ascertain whether he was entitled, but the Tour operates on a kind of honor system, and most of the guys are, as Dave Hill once put it, "as honest as Superman."
In answer to a question: No, although I won´t reveal the name, even under torture, the initials are correct. If anyone is inclined to play fast and loose with the rules, the other guys know. If I play with you, I know what you shot. the last thing you´d want is a reputation as a cheater.
During the same tournament a very famous player who would soon be #1 in the world rankings had his ball come to rest in the rough against a large dry stick. He couldn´t play the shot with the stick there, and he couldn´t remove the stick without causing his ball to move. So he announced that he wanted to identify his ball. He marked it, picked it up between his thumb and middle finger. "It´s mine, all right." As he replaced the ball, he pushed down firmly on top of the ball with his index finger, creating a small indention. Then he carefully removed the stick (a loose impediment), and played his shot normally. Slick move, but it was also cheating, because you´re supposed to replace the ball exactly as it lay. BTW, this player was not named Seve.
Some of us who watched Tiger almost from childhood (he was a local phenom) through his younger years, and cheered him on, have been terribly disappointed in the arrogant person he has become - and that was long before that fateful Thanksgiving.
He has had other more than iffy incidents on the course, one as recently as early this year in Dubai. There´s always an excuse.
I have always believed that cheating was not a compartmentalized activity, but rather a serious character flaw. Basic dishonesty.
So it is troubling to see him waffle and bob and weave with the truth and to see his so-called "fans" continue to support and enable a person known to not be a person of good character. And to attack as "haters" those who will not go along with Tiger´s game.
How can we be critical of Obama and his ilk and yet go easy on Tiger because he has been a champion golfer? The hypocrisy is stunning.
I started my wife playing golf, and yeah, she´s better than me now, like everyone else. In one of our first rounds, she hooked her tee shot down a hill between two trees, in-bounds but no shot whatsoever. She asked me "what do I do now, honey?" I told her, get out of the cart, take a club, go down there and hit it until it comes out.
There are those who "play golf" and golfers. You get it or you don´t. Period. And no use trying to explain it to those who don´t.
Puhleeze, #7...the officials in Abu Dhabi assessed a penalty before the round ended and the card was signed as you know cuz you posted the quote on another thread...the Masters met and decided against a penalty after they got a tip from "a viewer"...a second call went to the chair of the competition committee during his dinner from "an official at CBS" whom you reported to be Nantz...has Nantz stated his role in this to the public or media? Why the call? Couldn´t be because of disdain for Tiger´s personal behavior cuz around the same time Nantz had a public and messy divorce from his wife of 26 years that went all the way to court and aired their dirty laundry even as he admitted to being a serial cheater...this past year he married a woman 20 years his junior. Hypocrisy is Nantz, Faldo, and Norman leading the charge surrounding Tiger´s wretched marital infidelities...Tiger cheated his way to 3 victories this year and into the co-lead up to the 15th yesterday?
Well, at least it´s not a sport and we certainly don´t have to think of these guys as athletes. Back in ´02 (not 2002!), when I was as in the Navy, we called golf.....cow pasture pool. Seems like it hasn´t changed much.
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