Luke Donald "Clarifies" Tiger Woods Comment
By mustang6560 on 9/15/11
Allow me to give Luke Donald and any other professional golfer who is willing to listen a piece of advice--don't answer questions about Tiger Woods! For the love!

In an interview with last week, Luke was asked if he thought Tiger would ever be the same golfer again.
It's going to be very hard to get back to the level he was at. He's had some physical issues and some mental issues dealing with the scandal he went through and being away from the game for so long. It makes it very hard. Having the injury and the mental scarring that went with being away from the game and not being that successful for a couple years does take [confidence] away from you. I would imagine he'll win again; I'm just not sure he'll dominate like he did.
Then, he was asked if he thought golf was in a new era.
Yea I think so. Even tough Tiger's only 35, there are a lot of young guys coming up -- Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley and a bunch of others. I would assume a new era is upon us. I'm not sure we'll see someone who dominated like Tiger, but maybe a bunch of people.
Naturally, the golf media pounced on Luke's answers and started reporting that he said that Tiger was never going to regain his form, that he said the Tiger era is over, etc, etc. And naturally, Luke was forced to clarify (backtrack) his opinion yesterday in his interview ahead of the BMW Championship.
“Whether the Tiger era is over, I don’t know. Obviously there’s a lot of great young players coming up and showing a lot of talent, but certainly I would never be naïve enough to write Tiger off,” Donald said. “He has a tremendous amount of talent, and I’m sure when he starts playing a little bit more that that will start showing again.”
I don't know when the likes of Luke and Bubba Watson will learn to quit answering questions about Tiger. All Tiger Woods questions are a trap and it's always a lose-lose situation. If you say Tiger will bounce back, then you're naive. If you say Tiger won't bounce back, then you're chastised for being disrespectful and you'll eventually have to "clarify" your opinion. Either way, your response is twisted.

It's been nearly two years since Tiger's scandal broke in the news, yet it seems nobody has learned to dodge the Tiger Woods questions. When will they learn? I guess now Tiger can add a new face (Luke Donald) to his wall of naysayers in his basement.

Luke Donald's Interview

photo by Keith Allison

[ comments ]
homermania says:
Another non-issue. These guys have every right to answer questions honestly and give their (correct) opinions. The media is just being sensational.

My opinion: the Tiger era IS over, but he will still get to 19 majors. Discuss.
Banker85 says:
Luke was honest, he had no reason to back track.
Kurt the Knife says:
Mr. Donald said nothing sensational or unreasonable and I think anyone who follows golf would agree with what he said.
Reasoned, rational reporting sells nothing. Thats why we don't have any.
birdieXris says:
I'm with Homer. My jury is still out on the 19 majors thing though. It's a really delicate situation. The problem lies in the injury. I think his head will get back into it, but when you injure yourself in the way that he did, it will always be in the back of the brain. It's going to take a while and a lot of swings for him to instill self-confidence in that knee again nomatter how good he says it feels when the media asks him. Next year we should see him play better. Dominate? no i don't think so, but look for at least 2 wins.
Bowman says:
The Reporters have a job to do---Make something out of nothing. And they are very good at it.
Kurt the Knife says:
I found Rocco's opinion interesting and he might actually be right.
SD Charlie says:
And those in the media wonder why they're losing money and going out of business. With such lack of integrity, creativity and determination, their product is virtually un-readable, un-watchable, or otherwise unfit for consumption.

The "Tiger Era" is over. He's a mere mortal now. And unless he starts turning things around soon, I doubt he'll get to the career major record.
TeT says:
He was honest, but media will twist and leave you needing to clarify. He did not back track he just redirected media back to what he originally said and go them off their normal slanted hype...

Sound bytes suck....
BlameMe says:
100% correct SD Charlie, I'm waiting for the first tour pro to call out these media hacks on how they try there best to twist situations and questions to turn a non story into something.

As for an end to an era, yes its ended, will he win again? Yes he will! But he will not command the same level of dominance he had.

Great golf era's end, Nicholas, Norman to name two and golf carries on. Tigers has come in my opinion and years from now we will see it again from someone probably not even born yet, it comes and goes like the tide.

O' and by the way Donald was right on with his comments and as the article suggest maybe the pro should just not answer these question about Woods and give the hacks nothing!
mjaber says:
At least he didn't tell all the fans to get all "lubed up" before coming to the tournament.
srogers13 says:
mjaber, they save that for Phoenix.
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