Tiger '99 vs. Tiger '97

Tiger '99 vs. Tiger '97

Post by tedd » Wed, 18 Aug 1999 04:00:00


I've never been one to bash Tiger but I thought I would make a somewhat
negative observation.

I saw some old footage from the 1997 Masters tonight. There was Tiger
walking around the course smiling, waving to the crowd, tipping his hat,
showing positive emotion.

What happened to that guy? Who replaced him with the Tiger we saw this
weekend (and recently)? Yes he had a big lead at the Masters but that
was just a reflection of the Tiger I observed when he first entered the
tour. Is he ever happy with a shot? Nope. Does he ever seem to be happy
with the huge amount of positive support the galleries give him? Nope.

It's to bad. The Tiger of '97 was much more fun to watch.

 
 
 

Tiger '99 vs. Tiger '97

Post by Lee Harri » Wed, 18 Aug 1999 04:00:00

probably what happened was 2 years of being constantly pestered, criticised,
hounded, stalked, and generally harrassed...

we cant even imagine what it must be like to have that day in day out every
single day of your life

Quote:

> I've never been one to bash Tiger but I thought I would make a somewhat
> negative observation.

> I saw some old footage from the 1997 Masters tonight. There was Tiger
> walking around the course smiling, waving to the crowd, tipping his hat,
> showing positive emotion.

> What happened to that guy? Who replaced him with the Tiger we saw this
> weekend (and recently)? Yes he had a big lead at the Masters but that
> was just a reflection of the Tiger I observed when he first entered the
> tour. Is he ever happy with a shot? Nope. Does he ever seem to be happy
> with the huge amount of positive support the galleries give him? Nope.

> It's to bad. The Tiger of '97 was much more fun to watch.


 
 
 

Tiger '99 vs. Tiger '97

Post by Richard Ste » Wed, 18 Aug 1999 04:00:00

: I saw some old footage from the 1997 Masters tonight. There was Tiger
: walking around the course smiling, waving to the crowd, tipping his hat,
: showing positive emotion.

: What happened to that guy? Who replaced him with the Tiger we saw this
: weekend (and recently)? Yes he had a big lead at the Masters but that
: was just a reflection of the Tiger I observed when he first entered the
: tour. Is he ever happy with a shot? Nope. Does he ever seem to be happy
: with the huge amount of positive support the galleries give him? Nope.

: It's to bad. The Tiger of '97 was much more fun to watch.

Hmm, I see it quite differently.

'97 Masters, approach over the green, chip carries too far and goes 10'
past the hole.  Even with a 10+ stroke lead, the '97 Tiger slammed his
cap into his leg in disgust.

'99 PGA, 5 stroke lead down to 3, hit iron over the green on the par3
14th.  Hit chip long and over the green.  Almost no reaction.  The '97
Tiger would have slammed his club into the ground.  Par chip, hit too
hard again and 6' past the hole.  Calm reaction.  '97 Tiger certainly
would be fuming by now, and would have again slammed club into the ground.
Miss the bogey putt, tap in for double, lead down to 1, calmly walk off
the green.  The '97 Tiger would have thrown the putter into the bag and
stomped off the green in a fit of anger.

On to the 15th, 10'er uphill to regain a 3 stoke lead.  Totally miss hit
the putt, pulling it left, not even sniffing the hole.  '99 Tiger breaks
out in a huge sheepish grin almost laughing about the terrible putt. The
'97 Tiger would have fumed again and slammed the putter into the bag. The
'99 Tiger was still smiling and laughing walking off the green.

16th, hit the 8 iron into the bunker.  No reaction, except puzzled at the
wind.  Bunker shot way past, leaving a 20'er for par.  '97 Tiger certainly
would have slammed a club at this point, don't you think?

17th, sink the clutch putt to hold on to a 1 stroke lead.  Sigh of relief
and a small clenched fist.  The '97 Tiger would have done the full Tiger
strut with huge multiple***pumps and high fives.

You know, I can't figure out what people want from the guy.  Too much emotion,
not enough emotion, too much***pumping, not enough***pumping, too much
club slamming, not enough club slamming...

Talk about a "can't win" situation.

Personally, I think Tiger has come a LONG ways towards evening out his
emotions, and it has really helped his consistency.  He's realized that
you can't win every tournament, but by keeping yourself in the hunt on
Sunday, you will win plenty.  He's going to get to the point where it's
a very rare tournament that he's not in the top10.

Richard Stern
http://SportToday.org/~kirby34/rsg/sternr.htm

 
 
 

Tiger '99 vs. Tiger '97

Post by \ » Wed, 18 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> I've never been one to bash Tiger but I thought I would make a somewhat
> negative observation.

> I saw some old footage from the 1997 Masters tonight. There was Tiger
> walking around the course smiling, waving to the crowd, tipping his hat,
> showing positive emotion.

> What happened to that guy? Who replaced him with the Tiger we saw this
> weekend (and recently)? Yes he had a big lead at the Masters but that
> was just a reflection of the Tiger I observed when he first entered the
> tour. Is he ever happy with a shot? Nope. Does he ever seem to be happy
> with the huge amount of positive support the galleries give him? Nope.

> It's to bad. The Tiger of '97 was much more fun to watch.

It's hard to argue with you.  But in fairness, I've seen first-hand the
swarm of media-types that have hovered over him since the Masters win.  In
his first tournament after the '97 Masters, there were about 1,000 media
people crowded into the media room at the Byron Nelson for his press
conference, where every time I'd been there before, there were no more than
about 150.  They follow him every minute he's outside the ropes.  He can
barely take a***without having a camera stuck in his face.  That wears on
you over time.

Throw in a few dozen death threats from idiots who don't like him because
his skin is a different shade and you begin to get the idea that this kid
stepped into a shitstorm that he never imagined.  All he ever wanted to do
was play championship golf.

It's unfortunate, but true, that alot of athletes never really prepare for
the onslaught of media coverage.  Ask Richard Nixon (okay, you can't, since
he's still dead) about the effects of putting yourself in an adversarial
position with the media.  And make no mistake -- despite what Tiger's
detractors say, Tiger is no darling of the media.  He's very inaccessible
and hard to deal with.  So are alot of superstars.  You have to get through
their entourage to get to them.

I would have thought by now his handlers at IMG would have put him through a
course on handling the media, but he still appears to have difficulty with
it.  Though he's at ease on camera and in interviews, deep down, he leaves
you with the impression that he considers it an invasion on his time.  And
maybe it is, considering HOW MUCH time he has to spend doing it.  But that's
the price of being the #1 player in the world.  He's still learning how to
deal with it.

But in the meantime, he's definately built up a defense mechanism.  And
IMHO, his sour demeanor is part of that.  I agree that he sure seemed to be
having more fun when he was a rookie.  Maybe success came too easily, and
when he got a dose of reality (you can't win 'em all by 12 strokes), he got
REAL serious about improving.

What we do know is that he essentially rebuilt his swing after a spectacular
1997 season.  That took balls.  And while he didn't win as often in '98, his
performance was infinitely more consistent.  I said last year that if Tiger
"raised the bar" in '97, then he "raised the floor" in '98.  In '99, he's
already won the same number of tournaments he did in '97, including a major,
and he's already over 3-million in winnings.  There are still some good
tournaments left, and he could win again.  Heaven knows he's playing well
enough.

My own take on the PGA is that a hard-fought win like that will likely do
more for his character than any 12-shot wins ever could.

Randy

 
 
 

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Post by Joseph N. Hal » Wed, 18 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Personally, I think Tiger has come a LONG ways towards evening out his
> emotions, and it has really helped his consistency.  He's realized that
> you can't win every tournament, but by keeping yourself in the hunt on
> Sunday, you will win plenty.  He's going to get to the point where it's
> a very rare tournament that he's not in the top10.

He looked like a cold ***ed assassin out there despite his
lapses down the stretch.  The two wins were entirely different.  In the
first he just had some supernatural connection with the golf course.
The way he putted at Augusta, that was just incredible.  This time he
looked like a guy who knew he had the advantage and had the tools, and
didn't seem likely to make one mistake too many.

People are going to remember how he made that putt at 17 despite what
had transpired in the previous six holes.  That's one more reason why he
will continue to intimidate other players, and I think the "intimidation
factor" will continue to grow.

  -joseph

 
 
 

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Post by TKGBARN » Thu, 19 Aug 1999 04:00:00

...excellent analysis, Randy. (except for the s^%$storm part.
 
 
 

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Post by \ » Thu, 19 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Personally, I think Tiger has come a LONG ways
[snip]
> He's going to get to the point where it's
> a very rare tournament that he's not in the top10.

Pssst...

Don't look now, but I think he's already there.

1999---
16 events entered --
12 top tens (75%)
14 top 25's (87%)
4-1sts (25%)
1-2nd
2-3rds
No missed cuts
1 major

Not bad.

Randy