Is Tiger Woods still a superstar?
Absolutely zero question about that, usuredly he is.
He’s also a jerk, sometime the two go hand in hand.
of course he is.
even if his best days are in the past (and they are, whether or not you think he has more majors ahead of him), he is the Michael Jordan of golf. heads and shoulders above anyone else in the sport in terms of accomplishments, attention paid, and headlines written about.
seems pretty superstar-ish to me.
I don’t know if he’s still a superstar…I guess it depends on how you define the term…
He is however a meal ticket for thousands of people and as such they will do anything they can to keep him in the public eye…
How many of these guys were flying around in their own jets before Tiger?
He creates celebrity caddies by firing them…
TV ratings…purses…club sales…heck, would there even be a Golf Channel without him?
He might go down as the most effective meal ticket of all time…
I don’t think so. He’s not a threat to win any big event. Its like watch him be half of what he used to be..so what? And that argument that people will watch golf is he is in it…is not so true now. Its been three years of his futility in the big ones..his passing on the Pebble Beach. Like he doesn’t want a challenge.
And the Tiger interviews are just pathetic. “Don’t you know who I used to be?” written all over them.
I bet there is even a faction to watch a long boring round of golf..if that’s what puts Woods into a also ran. See him get his comeuppance.
IF he is in it. Cant type bites again.
Lowell, have you read Keith Olbermann’s blog today?
He interviews Eddie Dweck, who was a 12-year-old kid photographed in the Brooklyn Eagle for Jackie Robinson’s first game at Ebbets Field. He was in the photo instead of his brother, who was in their seats saving their matzo because it was Passover. Great interview and great photos, too.
He is the number 1 golfer in the world and he can jack up the TV ratings by 50% for any tournament he is in contention in. Sounds like a superstar to me. Plus he has his own jet.
He made an amazing comeback after all of his shenanigans and public humiliation to be the number 1 golfer in the world again. The cameras and the conversations are always going to HIM. Who else gets talked about more in the golf world? No one! Would anyone have noticed the infringement at The Masters if it hadn’t been Tiger? No! Because they cameras weren’t interested in most of the other guys! He will be a superstar till the day he dies because he attained superstar status years ago. Regardless of whatever character flaws he may have (like who doesn’t?) he has done more than anyone else in our generation to enhance and expand the game of golf.
Well, he now plays only in tournaments on courses he has dominated in the past. That’s how he’s managed to become number 1 again. He hasn’t won a major in five years and has never come from behind in the final round to win a major. He passes on most of the West Coast swing because he doesn’t like the “grass”. He’s been a monumental flop in the Ryder Cup. The next three majors are on courses where he has not fared particularly well. I’m with Stan – formerly a superstar, currently a has-been.
Depends on your definition.
I would answer your question with a question.
Was he EVER a superstar?
I mean c’mon…it’s golf.
Yes Tiger is still a superstar. He has won three tournaments to date this year and reclaimed the number one ranking. He has improved his swing and his putting.
At the Masters he had bad luck. That fifteenth hole cost him 4 shots. He would have made birdie but the ball hit the flag about 18 inches above the ground and rolled into the water. Bogey..then he was penalized two more strokes for an improper drop. He finished minus 5. The winner finished minus nine. Do the math.
He’s ranked no.1 in the same way the Lakers were fouled 50 times while fouling the locals 16 times.
Stan, not exactly. Golf is not subjective. You count every shot. Woods is number 1 because he earned it. But I agree that the Lakers get most of the subjective calls.
Not exactly Dennis..I meant there is an aura that creates every break imaginable by the powers that be for some stars to continue to succeed. And didn’t Woods benefit from an interpretation by the PGA that would have disqualified others? Like the Asian rookie penalized two strokes for taking 2 minutes too long?
You get the vibe? sabe?
Stan, Woods didn’t benefit by any interpretation. The rules were applied as they are written. No one else would have been DQ’s for a similar infraction. The kid from China was warned 3 times for taking too long. The rules were applied to him also, as they are written.
Golf is pretty cut and dried. The rules don’t leave very much to interpretation. The problem comes in knowing them all.
Did you mean superstud?
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.