Most sports fans I know couldn’t give a stuff if Tiger Woods had sex with half the cocktail waitresses in America. We’ll still be cheering for him when he tees off as favourite in the Masters in Augusta, Georgia this week.

This image has clearly been doctored. There's no way that woman's teeth could be so perfect.

As Wimbledon is to tennis, so is the Masters to golf. It’s the one event every player wants to win, and the event which every fan wants their favourite player to win. And sex scandal or no sex scandal, Tiger Woods is still most people’s favourite player.

Tiger has won the Masters four times, the last time in 2005. He doesn’t need any more ceremonial winner’s green jackets. Nor does he, as sport’s first billionaire, need the $1.5 winner’s prizemoney, even if he’s worth a little less these days after his acrimonious split with ex-wife Elin Nordegren.

Tiger doesn’t need the accolades, he doesn’t need the world ranking points, he doesn’t need the exposure and he doesn’t need the Masters trophy, even if it’d nudge his tally of 14 Major titles a little closer to Jack Nicklaus’s landmark 18.

Tiger doesn’t need our support either, especially with his huge American fanbase. Really, he is the least deserving person of our adulation in the entire Masters field. Yet when most Australians look up the leaderboard each morning later this week, Woods will be the first name we search for.

Australians with an interest in sport are driven by two irresistible impulses. The first is to cheer the Australians. The second is to urge on the underdog, especially in contests in which we have no strong allegiance.

The exception to this two-pronged rule applies to true champions. In short, we just love seeing the biggest names in any sport crush the opposition and underline just what makes them so great. And within reason, we love these champions no matter how they conduct themselves away from the sporting arena.

Some champions, like Bart Cummings and Roger Federer, are easy to cheer for. We average Joe Schmoes sit back and marvel at their greatness without feeling the slightest bit morally compromised.

Other champions require a little more give and take. Exhibit A: Shane Warne. Australians have forgiven all kinds of pork choppery from Warne over the years because he’s so damn fine at spinning a cricket ball with his fingers. We are not blind to the man’s foibles, but we see past them in our desire to see something a little transcendent, something way beyond the ordinary.

Do not music and movie fans do something similar? Did not a certain American president remain highly regarded despite a penchant for interns in blue dresses?

There are of course limits. You hit a woman, you deserve firstly scorn and secondly to be ignored forever after, even if some boneheaded sports administrator allows you back into the game. But Tiger Woods has done nothing but a little philandering. OK, a lot of philandering. All the same, he has committed nothing which the law regards as a crime.

And no matter how sordid the tale of his ongoing infidelity, Tiger Woods is still one almighty hell of a golfer. Golf before Tiger now seems like the sepia footage of cricket in the Bradman era. Tiger came and turned it into Twenty20 in a blink. He took a demure game and gave it V8 grunt.

Since his fall in late 2009, a succession of Americans and Brits have held the Number One spot, some of them moderately talented, others extremely gifted, but all totally anonymous to anyone who doesn’t know that an albatross is an alternate term for a double eagle.

Now Tiger is back and with it, a buzz. Last week, Woods won his first PGA Tour event in 924 days. You have to like his chances this week. Even in his down period, he competed well at Augusta. In the last three years, he finished no lower than 6th. A win this week is a genuine prospect.

A victory wouldn’t make Tiger Woods squeaky clean. But by god, it would be a beautiful thing. There is something elevating about sporting greatness, just as there is something elevating about sublime artistic talent and any other kind of talent you can name.

We ardent fans don’t really care what kind of package that talent comes in, and if you think that makes us tacky, consider that Tiger’s golfing peers feel likewise.

At the 2009 Australian Masters (a massively less important event than the US Masters), Tiger Woods beat Australian Greg Chalmers by two strokes. Afterwards, Chalmers was asked if he felt unlucky being beaten by a bloke making his first Australian appearance in more than decade.

His answer? Words to the effect that finishing second to Tiger was more meaningful than winning in a Tigerless field.

Last week, three porn stars called “Devon”, “Holly” and “Joslyn” announced they were making a film about their erotic escapades with Tiger. If Woods wins the Masters this week, you can bet the highlights DVD will outsell that other film by a ratio of ten to one.

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    • acotrel says:

      06:04am | 02/04/12

      ‘The whole world loves a lover ! ’

    • Liz says:

      08:19am | 02/04/12

      Trouble is Tiger not just a philanderer he’s hurt his family and others for his own selfish needs.

    • don says:

      08:36am | 02/04/12

      A blonde like that and the bozo dips elsewhere ?

      Perhaps she is not as flash as she looks ??

      Like a big girl .......

    • Dieter Moeckel says:

      10:30am | 02/04/12

      Bullshit Liz - ‘he hurt his family and others ...’
      If he turned out to be a prick of husband you get rid of him and find a better one. This loyalty bullshit is just that bullshit.
      I am not my brother’s keeper - exorcise him and get on with life.
      acotrel you can do better than that surely,
      but on the other hand if I had access to the same number of sheilas I be rooting with Tiger Woods ...

    • David says:

      12:19pm | 02/04/12

      Rooting? Rooting? Please no. Don’t let the last bastion of Aussie lingo be polluted by an americanism.

    • JN says:

      02:36pm | 02/04/12

      No-one cares about who he banged except women Liz. Half of them would probably bang him given half the chance just out of curiosity of why so many others have been there before them. Truth is it is his business and his alone. I think once his ex gets over the heartbreak and re-assesses the situation she won’t be feeling too bad which is totally fair isn’t it? I mean she was down there at the range day in day out from 8 years of age hitting golf balls right alongside Woods wasn’t she? Having said that I won’t be looking for his name on the leader board; I’ll be looking for Ogilvy, Day, Sendon etc etc. Be nice to see an Aussie finally win the Masters.

    • zzluser says:

      03:12pm | 02/04/12

      When specifically referring to supporting a player or team in Australia, we don’t - and have never – used the word ROOTING. It’s American colloquial, and as someone who is writing for an Australian column, you should know better. In Australia, ROOTING only means one thing, and it’s much more fun than watching golf…

    • sunny says:

      03:46pm | 02/04/12

      @JN - I hope the finish Day and Scott had last year is still fresh in their minds - one of them would have had it if not for the miracle finish by Schwartzel. I reckon we might finally see an Aussie wearing the green jacket - Day would be my prediction.

    • JN says:

      04:47pm | 02/04/12

      You’re right Sonny, Scwartzel’s final four holes in last years Masters were remarkable by any measure; especially on that golf course.

    • Lorraine says:

      05:27pm | 02/04/12

      So that’s what a lover is! Someone who has casual sex with anyone who happens along? Well, I never. No never ever.
      I thought the definition of loving was something entirely different and one of its facets is loyalty. No definitely never!

    • craig2 says:

      06:32am | 02/04/12

      Augusta is just around the corner and Tiger is striking form! I can’t wait to see the action and I have missed his presence over the last 3 years, talented golfer, massive fortune and a love rat rolled into one, hell of a life ain’t it?

    • Emma says:

      07:03am | 02/04/12

      Why are his affairs our business anyway? Its between him and his wife (and ten dozen waitresses). But from what I know he has not forced himself upon anyone. This whole thing has nothing to do with his professional career. Why Americans have a thing for digging in peoples private back yard and make it a public issue is beyond me anyway and I find it utterly inappropriate.

    • marley says:

      08:07am | 02/04/12

      Oh,like it’s only Americans that dig around in people’s private lives?  Tell that to Michael Clarke or Shane Warne or Brendan Fevola or any other high profile Australian.  We’re not on high ground on this one.

    • adam says:

      08:49am | 02/04/12

      Hear hear Emma, he plays a sport with supernatural skill. Thats all. His, and Warnes, Clarkes, Fevolas et al (nod to marley) after hours activities are no-one outside of their marriages business.

    • Emma says:

      08:52am | 02/04/12

      Fair enough. But I would not compare Shane Warne to Tiger Woods. Shane seems to be happy in the spotlight for some weird reason.

    • Dieter Moeckel says:

      10:40am | 02/04/12

      No Emma! We are an integrated community. We derive vicarious pleasure from their achievements and no man in any high profile has a private life although their are some who behave with decorum and don’t splash their private life around.
      We expect moral and ethical behaviour on and off the field, on and off the stage, and in and out of the movies. These are people with whom we like to identify - their prowess in their profession does not evolve in a vacuum. Would anyone suggest that the crucifixion of Christ should be kept separate from his otherwise personal life - should the Pope’s private life with a bevy of whores be deemed private and separate to his ministry? Of course not!

    • adam says:

      10:53am | 02/04/12

      Dieter, on the field stage and in movies, I expect the absolute best performance an individual is capable of. Outside of those arenas I care not how people act. I chose to take my moral cues from those closest to me, not someone who I will get no closer to than a news report, and about whom I’ll no nothing more than the tabloids tell

    • Emma says:

      11:02am | 02/04/12

      Dieter Moeckel

      I think so. I dont care how many times a presidential candidate was married or what is belief is as long as he does not do anything illegal and delivers good politics. Same with sports people.

      Maybe it is incorrect to transform a sports genius into a personal idol that has to follow whatever kind or moral code society demands? Being good at sports does not have anything to do with being a role model. I find the public outrage amusing when some public persona turns out being a cheater or - god forbid - gay or hasnt attended church last Sunday.

      And I cant see what Jesus has to do with all of this.

    • Ando says:

      11:40am | 02/04/12

      Dieter,
      We understand some people care. But many don’t. I liked Wally Lewis as a footballer when I was a kid .I had no interest in his private life and still don’t.

    • steve says:

      01:29pm | 02/04/12

      If they would have ‘duked it out’ in the basement or may be she could have ‘beaned’ him with a driver out of his bag while he was napping, but she chose to go medieval on him in the front yard while he’s driving to get away from her, with a #1 driver (tossed by her) stuck in the back window of their Cadillac escalade. (hence, the media attention) ‘effin awesome! Who wouldn’t want to read about that in the papers. It doesn’t get any better than that!!

    • Zed says:

      02:00pm | 02/04/12

      I’d argue what TW did off the course does have a something to do with his professional golf. Woods traded on his image as a clean-cut, all-american family man and earned a fortune from commercial sponsors and the paying public who wanted to be associated with that 24 carat brand.
      A big part of the reason he was one of the highest paid athletes in history was based on a lie.

    • Tim says:

      07:25am | 02/04/12

      What sex scandal?

    • adam says:

      08:50am | 02/04/12

      Tim the scandak was that he was geting more than the rest of us

    • Ben C says:

      10:51am | 02/04/12

      All the while still being the best at his job. Lucky bastard.

    • Bazza says:

      07:31am | 02/04/12

      Aren’t the sports fans rooting for themselves, if they are rooting for Tiger he gets all the pleasure

    • John Findlay says:

      07:34am | 02/04/12

      Valentino Rossi is the greatest motorcycle rider of all time, he has, it has been quoted que’s of girls waiting outside his motor home. Has he been silly enough to have a full time girlfriend or get married ? NO.  He’s enjoying his position. Tiger’s only mistake was getting married too young.

    • marley says:

      08:10am | 02/04/12

      @John Findlay - how young is too young?  He was in his late 20s, which seems old enough to me.

    • Tubesteak says:

      08:35am | 02/04/12

      I would sort of agree with this. But Rossi grew up in a different culture. Woods grew up in America which puts “the family” as one of it’s core values. It’s traditional and conservative. Just like golf.

      Despite all the whackery that goes on in California and New York the rest of the country is very middle-of-the-road and public personas must reflect that. America is one of the few cultures where monogamy is expected; Italy and France certainly aren’t like that.

      Yes, Woods was silly getting married but that’s a lesson he had to learn. Sometimes it’s hard to break social programming. Even George Clooney was married at one stage.

      I’m keen to see Woods return to form and make some brilliant shots and watch a close competition (or maybe a distant competition where Woods pulls out in front of a strong pack).

    • John Findlay says:

      08:50am | 02/04/12

      Late 20’s for him is WAY to young !
      George Clooney for instance has it all worked out.
      For us boring mortals who arnt showered with fame, fortune and women who throw themselves at you late 20’s is about right wink

    • Ted says:

      09:30am | 02/04/12

      Late 20’s is way too young to be married for any but the most repulsive of men.

    • marley says:

      10:14am | 02/04/12

      @Ted - given the proportion of men in Australia who are overweight, I’d suggest that, by your rule, a lot of 20 year olds should be tying the knot.

    • AdamC says:

      11:07am | 02/04/12

      What I took from the Tiger Woods situation was that, rather than being a family man with a wandering eye and the ability and inclination to act on it, Woods just wasn’t suited to marriage. At least, not at that stage of his life. From what I can gather, he spent heaps of time partying and bedding a veritable chorus line of trashy women. This isn’t the equivalent of a man who gets bored and takes on a mistress or has an extramarital fling - it is a man who should never had been married in the first place.

      And had Woods just enjoyed his swinging lifestyle rather than trying to be both a loving husband and partyboy lothario, no-one would have given two hoots about his womanising ways.

    • PW says:

      12:05pm | 02/04/12

      “Valentino Rossi is the greatest motorcycle rider of all time”

      You mean motorcycle racer I think. The bloke who circumnavigated Australia in just a few days, something Rossi could not hope to emulate, might have certain claims. Different skills, you see. And you might be too young to remember his countryman Agostini or Kenny Roberts for that matter. Best of the modern era I will go with but only narrowly ahead of Michael Doohan.

    • John Findlay says:

      12:59pm | 02/04/12

      @ PW, no argument with you there, by the way I’m 50.

    • Tubesteak says:

      01:46pm | 02/04/12

      marley
      Considering the amount of women that are overwieght none of them are worthy of marriage, at all. They should settle for anything willing to take them.

      Men should wait until they are nearly 50 to get married to a hot young woman nearly half their age. Unless, of course, they are poor, in which case, they might not have much chance at all and should find a good porn subscription.

    • marley says:

      03:24pm | 02/04/12

      @Tubesteak - there are far more overweight men than women in Australia.  That’s a fact.  So I guess none of them are worth marrying and will just have to settle for whoever comes along. 

      And since an awful lot of those overweight men are in their 50s, they’d better have a mighty big bank account if they expect to marry a woman half their age because it sure ain’t gonna be their looks that brings in the babes.

      By the way, I’ve haven’t personally found that the measurement of a person’s waistline is necessarily a good reflection of their intelligence or character or charm.  Some people who are overweight are definitely “worth” it, and a lot of beautiful people aren’t.

    • NESLIHAN KUROSAWA says:

      08:05am | 02/04/12

      Hi Anthony,

      I just would like say “leave the poor guy alone” and I am certain that he has make some terrible mistakes, strangely after he became very well known for his unique talents and for the first time ever for someone from such as similar background.  Is it really the first time this has happened to someone truly famous? 

      How about all those countless and well known Hollywood film stars, some highly respected politicians and public figures making the same old mistakes? That is if we can actually call them mistakes, only!  May be human error accompanied with loss of good judgement would explain it so much better.

      Certainly Tiger Woods paid the ultimate price by ruining his reputation and hurting the feelings of his loved ones along the way, most importantly.  Somehow, I just believe that all this nonsense happens simply because of the money and fame part. 

      Somehow I feel that we just don’t get to hear anything about the ordinary people’s private lives, just because it would not be considered the news worthy material, by the very talented paparazzi crowds. If it was not for Tiger Wood’s private affairs, they would all be out of really important jobs of entertaining the masses of people around the world instantly, right?  Kind regards to your editors.

    • Murray says:

      12:15pm | 02/04/12

      His personal life is not the issue, the issue is his character. This mongrel made extra millions by trading on a lie. He constantly paraded himself as the ultra clean family man and great sportsman.

      It took his marriage infidelities to allow sections of the media to finally show us his club throwing, spitting and temper tantrums - the real Tiger !!  Golf was one of the few sports where decency and good manners mattered - Woods is a disgrace to the game of golf.

    • Little Joe says:

      08:36am | 02/04/12

      WOW ...... you have to love the cencorship of comments at ‘The Punch’

      Many golfers and fans of the sport do not want Tiger Woods to win and you do not have to be a lover of sport to appreciate that Tiger Woods risked giving his pregant wife and unborn children HIV and AIDS. What a great guy!!!

      The man is an antihero and disgusts me.

    • Emma says:

      09:24am | 02/04/12

      So you cannot admire someone for sporting abilities without seeing their private persona as well? And who says he was the all-bad-boy? We dont know anything about his marriage. You can hardly every only blame one person for the failure of a marriage.

      And what is it with HIV? Was it all unprotected or are you making this up?

    • subotic says:

      09:46am | 02/04/12

      The man *still* has a squillion dollars, *still* pops the cherries on as many bimbos as he wants, *still* stands around for most of the day hitting some stupid little ball into a stupid little hole with some stupid little stick, then goes back to the club to piss on with his mates, and he’s an “anti-hero”?

      The word you were after is “LEGEND” Lil Joe….

    • Tim says:

      09:49am | 02/04/12

      How do you know he was even having sex with his wife at the time?

      Far out some people are idiots.

      You’ve most likely never met the man, yet presume to know the intricacies of his personal life from reading a few news reports.

    • Arnold Layne says:

      09:06am | 02/04/12

      I agree that his private life is his own, unless he is claiming to be something in public that he is not.  As far as I know, his endorsements centred around his ability as a golfer rather than his life as a clean-living family man so there’s no problem there.  Having said that, I won’t be cheering for him.  I’d rather one of the Australian golfers won it if possible.

    • Rose says:

      09:31am | 02/04/12

      He has always had a very clean cut public persona, I think that’s why many were so surprised when he was busted. That and it turned out that he was a marred man with kids who showed no regard for his family at all. When one parent cheats on the other they are cheating on the whole family and not just their partner. When Tiger cheated he not only let down his family, he let down every one who bought into his ‘Mr Perfect’ image, many of whom who had held him up as a role model for their own children.

    • Emma says:

      09:43am | 02/04/12

      Rose

      But this Mr Perfect image has been made up by the audience and fans, not by him. Sure, he didnt say “I rooted a waitress yesterday” in an interview but why would he? Its his private life.

    • adam says:

      09:48am | 02/04/12

      Rose, role models should ideally be found closer to home. A sports person should only, imho, be held up as an example of prowess in their chosen sport.

      If/when they use their fame to assist/promote good works or further a good cause then maybe view them as other than a sports star

    • Rose says:

      09:57am | 02/04/12

      Bullshit Emma, Woods’ image was a carefully crafted one, like most public people who’s income is derived from their public appeal. That’s why advertising contracts for these people now usually include behaviour and image clauses, the image projected must enhance marketability and no jeopardize it.

    • Rose says:

      10:22am | 02/04/12

      adam, I absolutely agree that role models should be found closer to home but many still look up to sports people and other public figures as role models. This is in no small part due to the efforts of the image consultants etc that these people use to develop their public personas. Image is big business and it’s taken very seriously by these people, that’s why Woods was dropped from so many advertising campaigns after he was caught, he no longer fitted the role model image taht had been crafted around him.

    • adam says:

      10:49am | 02/04/12

      Rose I’d argue he was dropped by so many sponsers because they were afraid of a backlass from self appointed guardians of morality mre than a percieved image.

      As to his image, as you say, it’s crafted. All the more reason to not hold them up as role models

    • Rose says:

      09:13am | 02/04/12

      I’m not sure why anyone would waste their time watching golf, it’s probably a good enough game to play but watching it is sooooo boring!! If I did watch the game though there is no way I’d be barracking for Woods, I would probably want the up and coming guy who treats people respectfully to win.
      I can’t ever bring myself to barrack for proven arseholes, Woods, Hewitt, Warne etc all make my skin crawl. I prefer great sports people to also be great people, otherwise they I see no reason to support them , particularly in any way which would increase their income!

    • Arnold Layne says:

      10:28am | 02/04/12

      I’m no Hewitt fan either, but I think it’s a little unfair to lump him in with Woods and Warne.

    • Rose says:

      11:02am | 02/04/12

      Probably right there Arnold, but I was just trying to illustrate that it requires more than just sporting talent to be considered a great sportsperson and I will direct any $ to those who uphold values important to me. I wouldn’t have had a problem with Woods ‘philandering’ if it wasn’t for his wife and kids, same with Warne. They made commitments to people that they appear never to have intended to honour., Others are obviously free to make their own choices but that’s mine.

    • Blind Freddy says:

      09:25am | 02/04/12

      Are/were golfers ever tested for performance enhancing drugs? There are a number of drugs that could both assist on the golf course as well as on the matress.

    • Fred says:

      09:44am | 02/04/12

      I didn’t like him before the scandal, he was too clinical and anal. Now that he’s shown himself to be a fallible human being I like him. I mean, he basically bought his wife didn’t he. As if she’d be with him if it wasn’t for his money. I’d want to root around too.

    • Anthony Sharwood

      Anthony Sharwood says:

      10:28am | 02/04/12

      This is indeed a great vid. Have watched it many times. Interestingly, the guy Tiger beat in that year’s Masters, Chris di Marco, was never the same again.

      Anyway, I’ll see that vid and raise you this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrvP02Oit04

    • Justin says:

      10:01am | 02/04/12

      She committed domestic violence with a deadly weapon. Why is he the bad guy. If she were a famous female golfer, who cheated on him, and he beat her with a golf club, he would still be the bad guy, he wouldn’t get a massive divorce settlement, he wouldn’t get the kids either, he would get slammed with assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence, and thrown in jail. Tiger Woods would be the bad guy if he were in either position, and his wife would be the victim in either situation, SOLELY because he is male and she is female. His gender is his only crime.

    • marley says:

      10:37am | 02/04/12

      I was under the impression she hit his truck, not Tiger himself, with that golf club.  I’m not sure that constitutes domestic violence. 

      And she got the massive settlement because Tiger had agreed to it in a pre-nup.I t wasn’t some court feeling sorry for her - she had a legal right under the pre-nup, which Tiger had voluntarily signed.  Or do you think he should have gone back on his word?

      Tiger didn’t commit any crimes, true, but his only fault wasn’t his gender.  He screwed around during his marriage, got caught, got divorced, and lived up to the obligations he had agreed to under the prenup.  End of story.

    • Rose says:

      11:26am | 02/04/12

      Justin, if you’re trying to use Woods to illustrate some sort of anti-male bias you have well and truly picked the wrong poster boy. He is the antagonist in this little drama and was dealt with accordingly. While his wife may have been out of line with the bashing of the car with the golf club, she damaged her and/or her husband’s privately owned property, only a crime if she seeks to falsely claim insurance, blame some one else or otherwise try and profit from it.
      His only crime is being married and a parent and deceiving his family by hooking up with as many random strangers as he could. If he wanted to play the field he should never have committed to one person or he should have been honest with that person that he intended to play around, even if it was likely to end the relationship. His wife was lied to, given no opportunity to protect herself from sexually transmitted diseases and then exercised her rights to end the relationship, taking what was rightfully and legally hers.

    • Tim says:

      11:29am | 02/04/12

      Marley,
      surely you know by now that the definition of domestic violence now includes threats of violence?
      Well at least it does when the “victim” is a woman.

    • marley says:

      11:56am | 02/04/12

      @Tim - the tongue is not a “deadly weapon” as defined by Justin.  Well…not usually.

      But actually, come to think of it, I the threat of violence is considered assault in all the criminal codes in Australia and always has been.  You threaten to hit some guy in a bar and you can be charged.  Your girlfriend threatens to hit some guy, and she can be charged. It’s a gender neutral offence.  And it existed long before modern-day laws about domestic violence.

    • Tim says:

      12:42pm | 02/04/12

      Marley,
      the golf club in her hand could be described as a deadly weapon.
      And yes, threatening violence can be considered assault but it was never considered to be “violence” until someone decided to change the definition of domestic violence.

    • marley says:

      01:15pm | 02/04/12

      @Tim - first, both Jason and I were talking about the golf club as the deadly weapon.  You were the one who introduced a spoken threat, and while talk may indeed be a weapon, it’s not a deadly one.  That was what I was referring to.

      Second, as far as I’m concerned, whether it occurs in the domestic context or in the local pub, something that meets the legal definition of assault IS a violent offence.

    • Mark says:

      10:16am | 02/04/12

      Ant speak for yourself good sir. In my humble opinion Tiger Woods is like the A-League. Totally irrelevant to my life!

    • carlos says:

      10:31am | 02/04/12

      i don’t get why people read these kind of stories and then say ‘i don’t care about this person’
      there’s lots of things i don’t care about, and i don’t read.
      but if i take the time to read something, and then comment on it, doesn’t it mean i’m interested in it?

    • Talon says:

      02:39pm | 02/04/12

      Carlos, It is not that they do not care about the person, it is that they do not care for him.  He adds nothing of worth to the character or life direction of the observer.  Golfing achievements are nothing when weighed against a persons moral compass and belief structures.

      I may not be a sports fan but I cannot agree that all sports fans would disregard their own morality and admire Tiger Woods, his skill maybe but not him as a person.  Why would they not look upon him with a degree of disgust and say “yeah he won it again” and move on.

    • PW says:

      10:36am | 02/04/12

      Yes, Tiger must definitely be playing for the love of golf if the prizemoney is $1.5.

    • Ben C says:

      10:58am | 02/04/12

      He’d probably make more that that if he put just $1 on himself to win.

    • Rusty says:

      10:45am | 02/04/12

      While the guy is an awesome golfer when in form golf is a gentleman’s game and Woods is certainly no gentleman. There is more to a man then just ability and Niklaus had it all, ability and a strong genuine charachter and will always be the peoples champion.

    • Emma says:

      11:10am | 02/04/12

      So when you have to be a gentleman to qualify for golfing, does that mean you have to have daily orgies with groupies to qualify as rugby player? Just asking.

    • Tim says:

      11:31am | 02/04/12

      And you know this how?
      Do you know the men personally or are you basing this on what the media tells you?

    • Cynicised says:

      11:19am | 02/04/12

      Tiger lived the epitome of the double life- who he really was had nothing to do with his public image, hence the opprobrium he received and cognitive dissonance on the part of his admirers when the truth was revealed. Personally, I don’t give two hoots what he did, the people really affected were his family, however, neither do I respect him at all.  I dislike deceit and he deceived many people for the sake of being adored by his public, then was indignant when his charade was exposed. Tough bikkies, Tiges. You chose the game, in more ways than one. He’s a golfer and indisputably a great one, but not much of a human being.

      ( right thread this time!)

    • PW says:

      11:24am | 02/04/12

      “he has committed nothing which the law regards as a crime.”

      OK, its not against the law here or in the US to hump everything with a skirt while being married. But it is against moral laws, and those in the public eye who do it will be tainted by it forever.

      Clinton was a damn fine president, Warne a great spin bowler, Tiger a great golfer, Harold Holt was a very average PM and Hawke a very good one. But all of them were grubs.

    • Traxster says:

      12:23pm | 02/04/12

      Didn’t I read somewhere that sometime after the separation,Tiger’s ex-wife was dating a guy who was the ex- boyfriend of one of Tiger’s hostesses ?
      I mean like….WTF ??
      These people definitely do NOT live on the same planet as the rest of us.

    • Bruno says:

      12:55pm | 02/04/12

      Rooting? Is that the best word you could come up with?  Only Americans ‘root’ for their favourite.  Tiger just happened to root his favourites.  Or was it all a double entendre?

    • Mary says:

      01:45pm | 02/04/12

      I personally would rather watch any other player than TW, there are way more exciting players currently playing than having the Golfing Channels spruik on about TW.  You would think he was the only one playing 72 holes of golf and no one else was participating the way it is televised.  When he was in the wilderness for all that time it was actually pleasant to watch/listen to golf commentary.  I personally have no admiration for TW and there have been way better golfers than TW, Seve B of Spain now he was an exciting player to watch, Tom Watson a gentleman I could go on but the list is enormous.  Here is hoping that anyone by TW wins this weekend.

    • Chonko says:

      03:22pm | 02/04/12

      Stop calling golf sport. Like cricket, it is a social leisure pursuit, as can be knitting, cooking and kite flying.  It cannot be a sport if you are able to wear long trousers, cardigan and break for meals.  Sure, technique and a keen eye may be required, but so does sex and I have never heard that described as sport.

    • Baroness says:

      07:16am | 03/04/12

      Actually Tim, there are the Sex Olympics and there are Kite flying competitions.


      I don’t know which one of those I should be more disturbed that I know about. But I know they exist. raspberry

    • scumbag says:

      03:41pm | 02/04/12

      So what’s your handicap Anthony, 30?

    • Stickman says:

      04:01pm | 02/04/12

      Um, guys, I’m pretty sure the “rooting” thing was a deliberate choice of wording….

      GO TIGER!!!!

    • Lorraine says:

      04:58pm | 02/04/12

      Ask the women. You might find they have a different view to the “sportsfans ” you know.

    • Ben says:

      05:11pm | 02/04/12

      Sounds like a few of you just stepped off the Mayflower.

    • very interesting but says:

      05:55pm | 02/04/12

      Tiger Fans have little to cheer about .
      Tiger Woods, Tigers Wests and Tigers Richmond are not worth rooting for.

    • Paul says:

      08:14pm | 02/04/12

      The trouble for Tiger is that there are people who watch sport who are too stupid to be able to differentiate what happens on a Golf course and what happens in a players PRIVATE LIFE!!

      Do I think that Tiger’s doing the horizontal bop with women when he was married was a good thing?....of course not

      Am I intelligent enough for that NOT to change the way I admire his golfing skill and prowess? ...Absolutely

      Tiger woods has done something NO ONE has ever done…he has majorly rebuilt his golf swing 3 TIMES because of injury in his career and comeback and won after each change. That is MIND BLOWING

      Do I want Tiger to win the 2012 Masters…of course I do…..not just so that he can advance further on his quest to win 19 Majors….but also so he can shove it up the vast number of uninformed MORONS who have spouted over the last 2 years that he is a spent force.

 

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