Tiger, Tiger, Tiger
Is a tournament without Woods worth watching?
By Leigh Montville
Originally posted: June 1, 2000
I am the new problem for the PGA to consider. I am the golf customer, the golf consumer, the golf spectator and I don't care about anyone else except Tiger Woods these days.
All I want is Tiger, all Tiger, 24 hours a day. Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. If he is in a tournament, all I care about is whether or not he won. That is the game, Tiger against the field. If he is not in a tournament, like this week's Kemper Open, well, that tournament simply doesn't count.
Why should I even pay attention? Eleven wins in his last 20 tournaments. I would rather watch Tiger hit range balls than follow everyone else put together.
If I'm buying equipment, why should I buy anything else other than what Tiger uses?
Give me the woods, the irons. Give me the ball, the shoes. Give me one of those red shirts for the final round.
Everyone else -- say David Duval or Justin Leonard or Colin Montgomerie, any of them -- can try to talk to me about accuracy, distance, good grooming, but why bother? Tiger has the ultimate statistical proof that his products work.
This has never happened in golf. There always has been a Hogan to balance a Snead, an Arnie to match a Jack. There always has been an argument to sell. Well, there is no argument now. The entire game is wrapped up in one man and there is nothing the PGA can do about it.
Wake me up when Tiger's back on the course.Originally posted: June 1, 2000