: 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.