Archive for December 14th, 2009

Tiger Tales

Well, it’s finally gotten colder here!

The kind of cold that wakes you up in an instant when you go out for the paper in the morning!

It’s cold, but not as cold as it is right now in Tiger Wood’s house. That kind of cold usually arrives for us in January!

There are deep freeze warnings for that house, with no end in sight!

What a two weeks it’s been for Mr. Woods! Better yet, what a gold mine it has been for Saturday Night Live and late night comedians!

Between the “White House Party Crashers” and Tiger, Christmas certainly arrived early for comedy writers!

But it is sad to see the fall of an icon.

My sons & I are Tiger fans and we enjoyed watching him this past summer at the PGA Championship at nearby Hazeltine. We had the opportunity to see him on several occasions throughout the run of the tournament. We were following him on the final day, my boys were decked out in red shirts to help cheer him on. We were on the 18th hole when Tiger made his final charge, but fell to Y.E. Yang.

So the past couple of weeks have been a disappointment to say the least. Of all the sports heroes, Tiger was the one you thought you could count one and hold up as an example to your kids.

Not anymore!

Tiger always did things “his” way when it came to the PGA Tour.

He played when he wanted, talked when he wanted, held a grudge against reporters who dared ask a wrong question and he was able to get away with it because he was and is the greatest golfer the planet has ever seen!

This just in…

Jack has moved back up a couple notches since Thanksgiving!

One of things that has always bugged me personally, was Tiger’s lack of desire to play in more tournaments and give more people a chance to see him in person. Would it be so terrible to add a couple of “smaller” tournaments to his schedule?

Maybe that will change when he decides to return to the tour. I guess he can’t use the “spending time with my family” excuse any longer!

My oldest son & I attended the 2002 PGA Championship that was also held at Hazeltine. We had week long tickets. My son was big on getting autographs back then and we had received a bit of advice from a Hazeltine employee that hanging out near the parking lot was a great place to get autographs.

So that’s what we did on the second day of the practice rounds and it was a gold mine for my son!

He had a huge smile on his face all afternoon because he was able to get so many autographs that he would have never gotten otherwise. Of course we weren’t the only ones who had this strategy, but it was still better than fighting the crowds on the course.

The majority of the golfers were very gracious and took the time to sign as many autographs as possible. Some even spent as much as an hour just to make sure every kid who wanted an autograph got one.

Most, except one…

Tiger “snuck” (which apparently he is skilled at) out of the clubhouse by first having his friend, Mark O’Meara come out from the other side and draw everyone’s attention. People swarmed to the fake out and before anyone noticied Tiger was standing behind his Buick.

All, except my then ten year old son, who was standing behind a fence, maybe a dozen or so feet from Woods.

My first thought was, “This is great! He’s actually going to get Tiger’s autograph! My son will remember this the rest of his life!”

These were my son’s EXACT words, “Mister Woods, may I please have your autograph?”

Tiger Woods ignored him. Much like he did with the fake coming out of the clubhouse, he pretended not to hear the request and left without signing a single autograph.

My son wished him “good luck” in the tournament.

By this time there were plenty of other kids who were disappointed as well.

Of course Tiger is not required to fill everyone’s autograph request!

And yes he does sign plenty throughout the course of a practice round, but it would be nice to see him spend the time he used to come up with the “O’Meara Fake” and make a few more kids happy, like MANY other PGA professionals did that day!

It’s called, “giving back”.

I know he has a wonderful foundation and he supports many charities.

I’m talking about doing the small things, playing in more tournaments, taking time with the fans, especially, the younger ones.

I’m not sure how many people will still give Tiger rousing cheers when he makes his return.

I’m hoping for two things…

One,for the sake of his kids, he gets his personal life in order. And two, when and if he makes a return to competitive golf, he takes a little more time to give back to the fans.