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Ewen Murray explains how Tiger Woods' behaviour all weekend in Dubai left a bitter taste in the mouth...Back to story
I have always been torn by Tiger - his ability and desire to win are amazing, but, at-times, his on-course behaviour has always been totally unacceptable. Thank goodness this was highlighted by Tom Watson last year and again by this article. I am the same age as him, and when I grew up, being taught the game by my father, any incidence of impetulance, bad bahaviour, club throwing, spitting, swearing or anything to disrespect a playing partner was heavily dealt with - and correctly so. I now play with juniors at our club and the very fact that bad language and club throwing can be witnessed is because the professionals are role-models, whether they like it or not. This behaviour has to be removed from our game before it is too late. Do we really want the game to be like football?
Posted 16:59 14th February 2011
He's a disgrace to the sport. I don't care how "great" he is meant to be I have never seen another golfer do what he did on Sunday and I would imagine that none of the actual greats of golf ever stooped as low as him. If the golfing governing bodies have anything about them they should ban him as a fine to a multi millionaire is worthless and he probably wont respect it anyway. Where as im not a golfer I do enjoy your coverage and both my young sons like watching as well but I will not let them fall under the "Tiger" bandwagon as a icon to look up to.
Posted 16:57 14th February 2011
Ewen, thanks for telling it straight. Those people who are knocking Tiger now but thought he was wonderful before should take a long hard look at themselves - he has always behaved in this despicable way and some of us have always abhorred what he has done to this wonderful game. I know he has a great ability (not necessarily "talent", more his upbringing) to play golf and he used to have a marvellous facility for more than compensating for his wayward long game by his amazing mid-range putting. Obviously he has been helped by the setup of courses to suit his game, as if the game's authorities feel they need him to succeed in order to advance the game's popularity. But why - they're not running a commercial business? I used to say, partly tongue in cheek, that even if Woods exceeded Jack's all-time major record, it would never be in the same class, as all the publicity surrounding Woods frightened the top ten golfers so much that they just faded away, but that never happened for Nicklaus. Can you imagine a Palmer, Player, Trevino, Miller, Watson, Ballesteros, etcetera, ever getting up on the fourth day of a major, one behind Jack, and thinking they were not going to win - then turning to their sports psychologist for moral support? Just look at the number of times they beat Nicklaus into second or third place! No-one ever does that to Woods, because when he gets beaten he comes - comparatively - nowhere. I look forward to his steady decline and the disappearance of his malign influence on this great sport. The bet I struck in August 2008 still stands - that he won't win another major before he is 40 - and it's looking as good as he is looking bad! He has the same effect on me as McEnroe had in the early 80's when he disrupted his opponents' games with his unpunished outbursts. I want to watch to see the best man win, not to see one guy lose. But maybe Woods will become as good a commentator as Mac!
Posted 16:56 14th February 2011
Couldn't agree more with Ewen's comments.Tiger is a huge disappointment to loyal fans and the viewing public.Golf is a game where personal integrity and high standards of behaviour are taken as read. It appears that he couldn't care less about either.Well done Alvaro - a very popular winner!
Posted 16:53 14th February 2011
It's about time Woods was put in his place, his arrogance is getting beyond belief, his manners are disgusting and his attitude towards his fans is, especially the young ones, is contemptuous to say the least. Hit him where it will hurt most, ban him from playing, fines are of no use, not when he's paid Â£1.8m just to turn up, but loss of possible ranking points will hurt.
Posted 16:35 14th February 2011
Fantastic Ewen. Your comments both in commentary and in these articles about Tiger Woods are applauded and welcomed by all true Golfing fans. I am quite sure it was as a result of your absolutely correct castigation of Woods on Sunday that at last the general news media have taken up the issue. My verdict on Woods - Great Golfer - Disgusting personality.
Posted 16:31 14th February 2011
When done Alvaro great win and what a great event to watch. Ewen Murray deserves a medal for saying what we were all thinking in regards to Woods behaviour on the course. There is no place for him in the game if he continues, He could win 50 majors but would never have the same respect given to Nicklaus, Palmer etc. I Will turn to another channel from now on when Woods appears which is something I would never had said 2 Years ago. Also I cannot believe that someone with his talent cannot work out what is wrong with his game on his own. Pete Cowen probably has the answers but I feel is to classy to coach Woods-back to Harmon then Tigger or would You have to swallow your pride instead of your SPIT!
Posted 16:23 14th February 2011
I could not agree more with your comments. Please keep reporting what you see in your own way! Its is incisive , refreshing and currently above all, honest!
Posted 16:22 14th February 2011
Well said. Excellent article and hopefully someone will pass it on to the Tiger camp
Posted 16:21 14th February 2011
Ewen - by and large the entire golfing community will agree with your piece this week - I ask only this 'why should we be surprised' - this is a guy who has shown disrespect for most throughout his career - do we really think a month soul searching changes the spots - he was the best golfer the world has seen - I personally do not see him recovering to anywhere near the level he was at hence my use of the word 'was'. What are the O'Meara's of the sport doing - the so called friends why aren't they standing up like you and making him aware this is unacceptable - more to the point if i was Garcia I'd have asked Woods to clean his mess in public. I find myself asking if all that legendary berating he received as a kid to allegedly prepare him for a world in golf truly served it's purpose -it would appear quite the contrary.
Posted 16:21 14th February 2011
I TOTALLY AGREE WITH EWAN ,I HAVE PLAYED GOLF .WATCHED GOLF.FOR FORTY YEARS AND NEVER SEEN SUCH SCANDELOUS BEHAVIOUR. I FOR ONE DON T CARE IF I NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN. THREE CHEERS FOR EWAN
Posted 16:18 14th February 2011
i totally agree with your comments Ewen, I love Tiger Woods and want him to win every time he tees up. To be able to say I watched the greatest Golfer ever in his prime is amazing, however, i feel he is on borrowed time. The game has moved on, and he is no longer 'pardoned' for his behaviours as he used to be!
Posted 16:11 14th February 2011
Totally agree. Great golfer but needs to learn how to behave in public. Time the golf tours started to publish why and if they fine players (not the amounts as they don't mean anything to these players just the deeds). Sergio was crucified on US TV for spitting in the hole not so much for Tiger. At least Julian Tutt and Doogie made some comments on air on Golf Channel. It would have been interesting if there were any laws in Dubai about spitting in public whether anything would have been done.
Posted 15:52 14th February 2011
My wife and I were delighted to hear Ewan's reaction to the disgusting behavior of Woods on Sunday. What a refreshing change from the usual sycophantic remarks we hear only too often. We have long felt that Woods sets a very bad example to any young and impressionable golfers who may be watcching
Posted 15:50 14th February 2011
I share Ewan's disgust at Tiger's filthy habit of spitting, he brings on shame on himself and his profession. But he is not the only one - in a great day for golf on Sky I also enjoyed the coverage from Pebble Beach. I did not enjoy watching Steve Marino spitting as he left at least two of the greens. What is it with these guys? Will the American PGA punish him, or is this behaviour considered acceptable over there?? Golf is after all a game of manners and etiquette, a game for gentlemen.
Posted 15:46 14th February 2011
Ewen, fantastic article as always and great coverage of the tournament this weekend from Sky once again. I was watching yesterday morning and saw live the disgraceful actions of Woods on the 12th green. There was a slight pause before yourself or Howard made a comment about it. I actually thought you were not going to mention it but you did and I think you are correct in that if you had not mentioned it you would have been as guilty as he was. As broadcaster it was top drawer that you utterly condemned the pictures we had just saw. I know some will say the reaction to this is over the top, however our wonderful game is founded upon the etiquette under which it is played. If we lose that we lose the traditions of our sport. I know if I spat on a green on a Saturday my fourball partners would kick me in the river and if my ball travelled through someone elses phlegm I would be extremely angry. At the end of it all Tiger has let down no-one but himself. It is sad that the performance of Alvaro is being less talked about than that of this selfish, arrogant man. Contrast his behaviour to that of young Rory who had equally as bad a day as Tiger on Sunday but his behaviour was exemplary and is really beginning to show a new level of maturity in victory and defeat. Hopefully someday a gentleman like him will go onto become the role model of our sport!!
Posted 15:45 14th February 2011