Sean Foley: Give Tiger A Break
By mustang6560 on 4/19/12
Sean Foley wants the media to give his star pupil, Tiger Woods, a break.
“I know everyone has a job to do, and I get it,” Foley said. “But if it is about the game of golf, Tiger Woods is an extremely important part of the game, and I think everyone understands that. It has just gotten to the point where the tearing down of Tiger as a person and a golfer has become just too much. I think it is just out of hand.

“I realize it is 2012, and we have dotcoms, and you have to write five articles a day, and you run out of things to write about, but we should be in a position where we are trying to help and lift up and support a player like Tiger Woods, instead of tearing him down, because everyone in the golf industry is better off because of his existence.

“That is basically one thing I want to get out. Tiger is a wonderful person, and he is a good dude, and he lives a complex life. I think things have got to slow down, it has got to stop, the daily referendums and the criticism.”
I am sure the 24/7 media attention is annoying for Tiger (and everyone on team Tiger including Sean). However, the incessant blogging and tweeting about Tiger isn't going away any time soon. The reality is Tiger moves the needle, so any move he makes on or off the golf course will be covered by someone, somewhere.

If Tiger wants to try and reduce the number of times his name is mentioned in the news, then he'll need to start acting like it. Throwing and kicking your clubs at the Masters, regardless of who you are, is going to get your name in the news. And if your name is Tiger Woods, not only is it going to be in the news, it's going to be on the front page.

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legitimatebeef says:
I'm sick of it too. Most writers seem to have only a superficial knowledge of golf and they end up parroting the same old lines about Tiger's swing and his game. Mind numbing really. But Sean Foley's plea amounts to nothing. The media is after one thing only and its not in their interest to act in a dignified manner or to report on the stories that deserve to be told.
Trip says:
Tiger created his "complex (rich) life" by not only winning tournaments, but using his image to sell products. He DESTROYED his reputation. He did, not the media. They are just reacting to what HE did... Stop crying like a spoiled baby, acting like a victim.

I'm sorry, but the trade-off of living this privileged life is dealing with the criticism, especially if you royally screwed up.
FiddySnead says:
Im sick of it as well and IMO stenson slamming his club on 18 in the first round was way worse than tiger throwing and kicking his.
Duke of Hazards says:
I read an article a while back about Tiger Woods and how in his early days in the late 90's, he did some interviews, where he let slip some bawdy humor ala his Army Ranger, foul mouthed, back-slapping dad Earl Woods. That's all fine and dandy, but Tiger made a choice not to go the route of 'this is who I am, take it or leave it'.

Instead, he chose to allow IMG media to gag and bind the real Tiger and throw him in a dank closet, and substitute out a sterling facsimile of canned interview answers and spit-shined perfection that earned him close to a billion dollars.

The real Tiger just got too big for that little closet over the years and his head accidentally popped out for a moment in November 2009 and all hell broke loose... not because the real Tiger was necessarily that hideous, but because of the stark and sudden contrast with the false idol they had held up for so long.

Foley's just trying to slap an extra lock on that closet door.
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