On our return from our family vacation, we made an intentional stop for the night in Kentucky, early enough for me to watch the final round of the U.S. Open. The Pebble Beach course proved to be a challenge for ALL of the contenders.
On our return from our family vacation, we made an intentional stop for the night in Kentucky, early enough for me to watch the final round of the U.S. Open.
The Pebble Beach course proved to be a challenge for ALL of the contenders. When a champion finishes at even-par, it’s a sure sign that the course was the real winner.
What really caught my attention at the end of the day was the interview with Tiger Woods. I have steered clear of any discussion of his personal situation – because it is just that, personal. No one walks on water, so judgments should be set aside.
I have always been a huge fan of Tiger. His athletic ability and exceptional mental toughness are among the best.
However, my issue with him is how he carries himself during play on the golf course. He has been placed on a pedestal and, at times, it has created a double standard. His reaction to a bad shot by throwing a club or unleashing a verbal barrage is uncalled for and inappropriate.
I have reacted badly myself and understand that things happen in a weak moment. Tiger just seems to have this “I’m above the law” philosophy. I sure don’t want my grandson to see this poor behavior while he’s watching golf with me. He already knows the fame of Tiger and thinks of him as the man. It doesn’t leave a very good impression when he sees him throw his club, etc. Both Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson called him out on his conduct – none of the great golfers before him let their emotions take center stage.
We, as a sports culture, have allowed Tiger to operate with a different set of rules. No one person is bigger than the game!
Hopefully Tiger will grow and follow the words of Jack Nicklaus: “Class is being honest – both with others and with yourself. Class is treating others as you would like them to treat you.”
• I watched the Royals lose another game in the ninth inning in Atlanta – the bullpen failed again. The team has improved, but relief pitching is just killing them and keeping them from being a .500 team.
• I have worked to understand soccer and have watched some of the U.S. games in the World Cup. The officiating just baffles me. A phantom call can be made with no apparent accountability! Just because?
• Another point regarding soccer – those players should qualify for an Academy Award with their acting ability.
• My quote of the week is from former professional tennis player and broadcaster John Newcombe: “The best description of class I can give is not an original but comes from a famous work by Kipling. As you take Centre Court at Wimbledon, as you look up, you see the words, ’If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same, if you can do that, you will have class.’ ”