For a lot of people Tiger Woods is the only golfer they know of and care to know. Up to recently Woods was by far the best golfer in the world and no one could beat him. That time has past it seems and Woods is not the dominating golfer he once was. I’m not saying he cannot be that golfer again but he hasn’t shown in a while so why does he still get the coverage like he is the world’s number one golfer? Why is it when you go on ESPN.com to see the leaderboard the headline is about how Tiger shot poorly and is over thirteen shots behind the leader versus being about how Scott (the leader) has a 2 shot lead? I understand that Woods will give you the better television rating now but in the long run if he does not get back to his old ways what’s going to happen to golf’s popularity?
Golf does not have a dominating player right now like when Tiger was in his prime, but it does have a great group of young talented golfers who are going to be the future of golf and have the talent to turn into dominating golfers. To name a few Rory Mcilroy, Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Matteo Manassero, and more. All of these players are twenty-six years or younger and all have won a professional tournament expect Fowler who is only twenty-two. Mcilroy, Schwartzel, and Kaymer have each won a major already, so their futures are bright. If you are not an avid golf fan you probably do not know these names. In order for golf to gain some popularity it needs to stop showing every single one of Tiger’s shots when he is clearly out of a tournament and showcasing the younger talent who are actually in contention to win these tournaments. Of the younger players I named earlier four of them finished tied for 6th or better this past weekend.
Though the television broadcast this past weekend obviously showed the shots of the final groups and players who were in contention there is still always a certain focus on Tiger and how he played. If Tiger didn’t finish so early compared to final groups I’m not sure if the coverage would have been on the final groups or if Tiger would have still got the attention.
Stevie Williams Tiger’s old caddie, who is now Adam Scott’s full time caddie, was given more attention then Scott while they were walking up the 18th fairway. The crowd was making more noise for Stevie than Scott who was about to win the tournament. Due to the media the public was well aware of the fact that Wood’s old caddie was on Scott’s bag now. The split up between Woods and Williams became a bigger headline than the tournament itself. Golf is suppose to be a “gentlemen’s game,” well I don’t think its right that the Stevie the caddie, who didn’t swing a club the whole tournament, got more attention then Scott who put together a great tournament and a deserving victory. Golf headlines need to be more about golf and leave all the breakup and drama headlines for TMZ.