Just had to put in my plug for the PGA going on in Rochester. Probably really have to like golf to appreciate it, but when you'all watch ESPN highlights - look for me!!! I've played the course - but it didn't look the same from their tees. Watch ESPN - thats Rochester at it's best!
The pros won't come right out and say it but it is pretty clear that most of the pros hated the course set-up. Hitting the ball into the rough should result in a difficult and risky shot not an impossible one. The way it was you could have decided the winner by having a straight driving contest on the range. Beautiful course to look at but Oak H*ll to play. I was also very disappointed in Tiger Woods' petulant displays of anger, not a good role model for children learning to play golf. Both he and Sergio Garcia could learn a little something from Nicklaus and Norman on how to lose gracefully.
The pros knew what they were getting into. The course has hosted several majors and only 4 rounds under par (well 6 now) if I remember the stats from the paper correctly. The rough was rough - but PGA supervised. It's just that they are used to hitting wider fairways of the more modern courses. Perhaps the greens people were out to prove something. The course had be labeled 'obsolete' by some for this type of tournament - but the conditions were the same for everybody.
It's nice when a birdie really means some - not expected on every hole, and a par is disappointing. Tiger was probably mad at himself - and could have been more restrained on the course. But during the interviews I thought he was humble. He would probably do better if the press and fans left him alone.
Regular folks play the course too. Granted, the rough was thicker for this tournament, but the greens are about the same. Prior to the tournament, the local talk was that -5 would win - so I guess that was about right.
I was also very disappointed in Tiger Woods' petulant displays of anger, not a good role model for children learning to play golf. Both he and Sergio Garcia could learn a little something from Nicklaus and Norman on how to lose gracefully.
I think it's great, it's reality. If they are learning to play golf by watching TV boy are they in for a rude awakening! IMO there is nothing wrong with being upset, mad, ect. when I set a goal for myself and don't reach it.
I thought Tiger did lose gracefully in his interview. So what if he got mad at bad shots, he's human. Just as if a quarterback doesn't show some discust at throwing an interception I'd question his heart for the game. At least he didn't quit and walk off the course complaining of back pain.
I'm overly sensitive about displays of anger on the golf course. At my previous golf club we had a golfer almost killed by a broken flying putter. It been swung one handed at the base of a small tree walking off the 14th after 3 putting, the shaft snapped in half and sent the broken jagged shaft and head flying through the air hitting a nearby golfer, driving the shaft clear through his head, temple to temple. Throwing clubs, slamming clubs or even pretending to do those things and pulling up at the last second (a la Tiger) has no place on a golf course whatsoever. Tiger appreciates the traditions of golf well enough to know better.
What Tiger did, didn't bother me. I would have had an issue with the breaking of a club like you mentioned. I don't care for throwing them in the water hazzards, etc., but the showing of frustration doesn't. That's me though, I take it as part of the game. I'm not saying you're wrong so don't take it as an argument.
Somebody please blame the press. He was the only guy they showed almost every shot of that had such a high score. What's up with that? Did they show Couple's phenomenal shot on 18 (I saw it live, so I really don't know) when he was over by the merchandise tent (would have been a neighboring hole) but it was trampled down hard long grass. A swarm of people just showed up because Tiger had just finished and they were on they way out -so the crowd had to be parted, and he went 180 yards over trees to a pin he couldnt see, to the back of the green - par saved the hole.
There were so many awesome shot's made by the guys that 'lost' but we only got to see all of Tiger's bad ones. Must be the advertiser's said 75% Tiger or we pull the plug - or some lame BS like that. Next time a baseball player throws a helmet in the dugout, or better yet, takes out the catcher, make sure the kids are watching. :truce:
Sorry - in golf etiquette it probably isn't right, but he has the right to be angry with himself, and not only are we and the press ripping apart his golf play, but his reactions too. Holy smokes - I'd like to cut him some slack. Poor guy has so much pressure to please everyone. Wonder how we all would hold up to that scrutiny.