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Terrible article. Must be a slow day in the news. What about soccer/football players who spit on the field of play? What about the golfers who chew tobacco and smoke on the golf course? It's not sitting in the dining room playing chess. What about SERGIO GARCIA spitting in the cup? That was probably alright to you ridiculously soft europeans. What about every other golfer who spits on the golf course?
Posted 20:07 14th February 2011
I can't believe it's taken this long for someone to say something about tigers spitting. There have been so many incidents where he has hit a bad tee shot and returned to his bag and lets go a mouthful of phlegm, not just a little spit from between the teeth but a mouthful fully knowing the cameras are trained on him and he's been doing it for years.
Posted 20:00 14th February 2011
I assume this furor over Tiger's spitting was at the same level when Sergio intentionally spit in the putting cup a few years ago???
Posted 19:57 14th February 2011
Sergio Garcia SPIT IN A CUP. Where was the outrage? One golfer took off his pants. No outrage there? Come on people. Say what really gets to you...
Posted 19:31 14th February 2011
Ewan, I agree with you on many of the points you made. I think what Woods did was wrong but I do think it's a question of scale and the extent he should be criticised. I was slightly annoyed to hear the way in which you chose to attack him on air on Sunday - suggesting 'it doesn't get any lower' is a term you would use for a criminal. What he did was wrong but I can think of far worse things you could do - cheating for example. The main reason I say this is not to defend Woods (I, like you, have been disappointed by some of what I have seen from him since his return) but I think it is important to say that we don't want robots out there and that means that occasionally we will have to put up with someone over stepping the mark - as Woods did. He is often a good role model, although he does have some way to go, but on the occasions he isn't we should simply turn our attention to someone who is. The bandwagon is now rolling on this with everyone lining up at the chance to take a shot at Woods, but people would do well to remember that they're not perfect either.
Posted 19:20 14th February 2011
I wish Sky's Tiger-haters, would shut up every now and then. He's the best player to ever play the game, its not arrogance, its frustration at not being at his potential best. Stop being so pompous Ewan, its only spitting, he didnt punch a fan. Oh, and his 'problems' off-course have nothing to do with it.
Posted 19:17 14th February 2011
I know this comment will probably never make it to where others will see it, because it does not centre around me high-fiving the writer for the amazing article he wrote. But, I will make my point anyway. What is a little spit in sports? Every athlete spits. Golf should be no exception. Golf is not on any special pedestal that has a no-spitting rule in its rule book. Should we fine every athlete for spitting? NO. Was Tiger inconsiderate for spitting? Maybe. But will the world come to an end because he did it? NO. Other golfers have done this on the golf course. Balls have probably landed in spit countless times before. Have you, Mr. Article Writer, reported on those instances? Have you even given them a second thought? NO. But, given the chance to bash Tiger┐you jump all over it. Let┐s give it a rest. You all seem to love Tiger when he is winning, but when he is down, you want to kick him down even further. Let the man have his life back. He made a mistake, he is sorry, move on. But doing this won┐t get you in the press, would it? So, you press on with useless articles. Why not write about how the # 1 and # 2 players stunk up over the weekend. But no, you wouldn┐t do that. That would mean bashing players whom you want to beat Tiger. From the footage I saw, it looks like Tiger used his putter (as he walked by the spit), and squashed it, or wiped it from the green. He then wiped his putter with his hand. Spit gone. Get off your high horse.
Posted 19:15 14th February 2011
Well done Ewan, I totally agree, unfortunately I think that you are shutting the proverbial gate a little too late, This unacceptable behaviour has been going on for several years with scarcely a comment from TV golf pundits. You have been going on and on about Woods being World No. 1, and how many Majors he would win, with barely any reference to his behaviour compared to that of the hundreds of other top golf professionals that we have been lucky enough to watch on TV Perhaps the media`s idolising has played some part in his probable downfall.
Posted 19:06 14th February 2011
I am a massive fan of Tiger Woods..I really am.The way he works and practises is an example to all of us and his achievements in the game are simply sublime..and to be honest,i want to see the man succeed once again..he himself was the sole person that contributed to his downfall in his private life but i believe that every one makes mistakes. However, his actions in Dubai were outrages..infact,seconds after he spat on the 12th green,i sent an e-mail into firstname.lastname@example.org requesting that Ewen did an article of his disgraceful behaviour..and what do you know..he did! Tiger needs to cop himself on, if he wants to win tournaments again,he has to start with showing some respect for the game that has made him into the figure he is today.is what he did irreparable?i think it is..but will a fine be enough..he needs to hear it from his peers and perhaps even a ban.But ofcourse that won't happen because when he plays..TV ratings go through the roof. He MUST stop his on-course behaviour because it is simply degrading for the wonderful game..spot on,as usual,Ewen.
Posted 19:00 14th February 2011
Although I am equally sick of Tiger Woods actions on the golf course I am even more perturbed by his lack of respect for fans. I attended a tournament in Westchester County, NY several years ago in which Mr. Woods was the main draw and there again he failed to sign a single autograph as a group of at least one hundred children twelve years and younger waited patiently and quietly for a few minutes with their hero. Meanwhile Woods slips of the driving range surreptiously hidden by a curtain, through a small area cordoned of with velvet ropes and into the members clubhouse without so much as a wave of recognition. The children were saddended and the parents visibly angry and with damn good reason. This charlatan of a man who has earned so much money playing the game he loves due in large part to the fans of this game to which he feels no loyalty or responsibility is less a man off the course than he is on it. As low as his morality is on the course he is a worse man off it. What a shame that the great game of golf, the gentlemens game, the game of integrity has to be saddled with the fact that it's second greatest player of all time is somewhat short of a slob both on and off the course. I've heard those who support Tiger say Phil Mickelson is a phony and signs autographs as part of an endorsement dea, I say prove it. Mickelson is the poster boy for what is right with golf today, Woods the poster boy for what is wrong with gold today. He could play another 100 tournaments for free and never gain the level of respect I have for Mickelson or once had for him. Tiger for the sake of the game, yours and ours, do something you seem to never be able to do play hard and have real fun playing golf.
Posted 18:36 14th February 2011
Would simply like to commend Ewen on his professionalism when witnessing and subsequently reporting on this disgusting act. Ewen could have come down a lot harder or Woods without any fear of reproach. Top Man Ewen you are THE voice of Sky Sports Golf.
Posted 18:35 14th February 2011
I am just so glad you said it on air, Ewen. His behaviour was totally unacceptable, and I hope he gets the message about how disgusting golf fans found it.
Posted 18:33 14th February 2011
While I agree that Woods' actions were completely unacceptable I find it hard to believe that it was the "most degrading moment I have experienced in the game"?? What about Sergio spitting into the CUP?? His on course behaviour is frankly appaling yet we Europeans tend yo ignore it. Similarly Ernie Els and countless other golfers have sworn numerous times on air but nothing is made of it.
Posted 18:33 14th February 2011
Fantastic article Ewen. I took a dislike to Tiger at Mount Juliet in 2002 for the very same reason. We queued up patiently waiting for his autograph knowing full well that he would rarely grace Irish soil again, but when he finished his practice session, he hopped straight onto a golf buggy and tore past hundreds of adoring young fans. Not one other pro had the cheek to ignore the fans the he did. I have a golf hat here at home with names such as Furyk, Sergio, Toms, Donald and Harrington on it.... just to name a few. All were happy to take a few minutes out of their busy lives to repay the fans for their support. Tiger unfortunately appears to be above such behaviour and its that lack very of humility and appreciation for the support that those same fans have given him throughout the highs and lows that sickens me. He may well be the greatest golfer to have ever lived, but as a human being, i think he is one of the worst to have ever graced the fairways. Thanks for having the courage to actively speak out against his behaviour Ewen. It speaks volumes about you as an individual.... Rayz
Posted 18:16 14th February 2011
Ewen, totally agree with your comments re WOODS a fine will mean little to him , time for the golf authorities to be tough! and tell him to cut out the swearing and spitting ,a ban would be more justified !
Posted 18:06 14th February 2011
Tiger deserves to be censured for his lack of composure. Read Tony Jacklin's autobiography, for many reasons and especially for his astute assertion that golf does not create character, rather it provides the stage for the golfer's innate character traits to be displayed.......not all sports advocates would agree. I do. Also, as a northern irishman may i hold up all the irish golfers as excellent role models. Also, please give Rory a break!..........the guy is still growing for goodness sake!
Posted 17:55 14th February 2011
Ewan. Your honesty in commentary and written articles are the reasons why people like you. God help us all if we end up like some North Korean censured state. I believe you say it as it is but with fairness on most occasions. I too witnessed Woods at Wentworth completely ignore two young lads with their Dad looking for an autograph. The disappointment on their faces said it all. I can honestly say that there was no one else near them. He could of very easily done a quick TW on their caps and moved on. He was beaten that year by Shaun Micheel. I was not disappointed to see him put out that year.
Posted 17:39 14th February 2011
I am not much of a Tiger Woods fan, I tend to follow Mickelson. Maybe I am missing something here. Because if I am not, the writer of this story, along with every one of the comment authors, seriously need to get a grip on reality. The man spit. Outside. On the ground. In the desert. So it was a bit rude, is it rude enough to warrant all this? Honestly, every one of you need to read back over your words in a day or two, see if it does not seem more than a bit silly.
Posted 17:38 14th February 2011
Well done Ewan on your comments on the spitting, and the lack of appreciation of fans, especially the children. Grow up Tiger.
Posted 17:27 14th February 2011
Ewen was spot on its time Tiger Woods was put in his place great golfer he was but no way is he a sportsman golf does not need him.
Posted 17:03 14th February 2011