Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tiger Woods First Public Statements Backfiring Before They Are Even Made

As his scandal drags on, you get the sense there are a lot of people that never did like Tiger Woods. That there are many people who feared him, or didn’t want to sound like poor losers, because of his place atop the sports world, let alone golf.
And those people are mad and not going to take it anymore.
The latest was Ernie Els, one of the world’s most-decorated golfers, who called out Tiger for being, "selfish."
And there is a good reason for it. Woods’ first public statements since his auto wreck - and all the dirty secrets about his life that have been revealed in the aftermath - will be Friday.
It’s right in the middle of a major PGA event.
The sponsor of that event in Phoenix, Accenture, was one of the first companies to drop Tiger as an endorser.
Is Tiger already on the revenge trail? Els wasn’t the only golfer to point this out. It’s obvious his fellow pros don’t think much of him as a person - and never did. And perhaps it is justified.
Recently, golf great Tom Watson harshly criticized Woods for his on-course behavior, which has often included throwing clubs, unnecessary glares at his adoring fans in the gallery and boorish behavior by his pompous, boot-licking caddy, Steve Williams, who is one of the biggest jerks in the history of sports. (Yeah, and he’s a caddy).
The fact Woods will not take questions and is selecting the pool of reporters Friday takes away the legitimacy of his statements. It really isn’t akin to facing the music, so to speak.
It’s like everything else about Tiger, save his golf game, phony.
Remember this as he speaks, it’s an image you are being sold, not reality.



Blogger Barry said...

Well Pat, one thing advertising world learn about Tiger Woods is he apparently flunk Math. You got to know your Math even if you are Tiger Woods. For example, he worth a billion dollars but he paid these girls off with his pocket change $3 000 here and $15 000 here. Geez whiz all one of these girls had to do go to Playboy or NBC ECT and tell their story collect their $1 000 000. Mrs. I sure know her Math. I wish she would talk to Mr.I that Damon is not going to make that much of a different and you might as well save the 7 million. Save your pennies for the next trade.

1:46 PM 
Anonymous Anthony said...

I find it interesting that golfers, like Els, are talking now that Tiger is a bad guy. Maybe I missed something, but I never heard a peep from Ernie about Tiger before this. On that note, Tiger should man up and do his "public statements" with the actual public and not a group of invited softball tossers. And not on a day that is big for the PGA. As far as Steve Williams goes, I've never heard he was a jerk before but I don't know much about the guy. If he is as bad as you explain him, he needs to get over himself. Really dude, you hand golf clubs to pro golfer, you're nothing special.

2:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Tiger has lost how many millions of dollars in endorsements? Now he can't go anywhere without feeling public humiliation as all of his dirty secrets are now out. He's facing the fact that he's going to lose his family, and now people are not satisfied with his facing the music. I think the guy has already faced it if you consider my points above, and for what? Because he's a sexual deviant? I'm not sitting here trying to make him out to be a great guy, but with the divorce rate being over 50% in the country, I find it hard to believe that there are not many men or women who cannot relate to his behavior. The only difference between him and all the others who cheat, is this guy has more opportunities. I don't think this guy owes anyone a damn thing. If people don't like the products he endorses, then dont buy them. If people don't want to see him golf, then boycott the events he's in. If his competitors despise him so much, then GO OUT THERE AND BEAT HIM. Tiger Woods is the best golfer in the world who just happens to be a pig.

5:01 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, you can not be serious about what you just wrote .. unless you have a wacky outlook on trustworthiness.

I've played with and talked to a lot of PGA local pros and people that are nuts about golf.

Most of them in the know indicate that Tiger is a spoiled brat (cursing on the course and throwing clubs) and is NOT liked on the tour.

The PGA tour is really in a box ... Tiger pulls in viewers, his absence has resulted in 50% less viewers this year.

And the players had better keep their mouths shut because he is really responsible for more golf exposure and higher tourney winnings over his short career.

Quite a quandry.

8:40 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

It was two-way circumstance in the end. Tiger exploited the women and they ulimately exploited him.

2:57 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Els didn't necessarily say Woods is a bad guy. He called him selfish for the timing of his press conference in the middle of a PGA event and questioned whether it was get revenge on sponsor, who dumped. Tom Watson did, basically, call him a bad guy. Steve Williams is worse than I explained him.

2:59 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Ultimately, Tiger will judged by the public. I have a feeling, though, he will regain a large degree of his popularity again. We love comeback stories.

3:00 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

We'll see how outspoken players are when Tiger comes back to the tour. I have a feeling there won't be many critical comments at that time. Just open arms.

3:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're absolutely right about Steve Williams, he's a good golfer and caddy that got lucky that 'fluff' got out of hand and peeved off Tiger.

You know what they say, you are who you hang around with, he's cocky and overbearing, far overreaching his status.

8:06 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

If Tiger Woods wants to make meaningful changes on the course, the first thing he should do is get control of his caddy.

12:21 PM 

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