Much to the chagrin of the AshleyMadison.com supporters everywhere, the good guy won the Masters, which led to a celebration of all things good about the importance of a strong family unit in today’s society. I’m sure Elin Woods was pleased with all those comparisons. Nevertheless, I’m not here to discuss the difference between Phil Mickelson winning the Masters as opposed to Tiger Woods.
In about three hours, the sports world, once again, turns itself over to the larger than life character of Eldrick “Tiger” Woods, and of course, Nike is right there, turning Tiger’s offseason of discontent into a potential marketing blitz. This time, Earl Woods, Tiger’s father, “returns” asking if his son has Woods has learned anything from his mistakes. While the latest Nike Golf offering is effort in poignancy, it would be wise to keep in mind they are doing so to separate you from your hard-earned dollars in exchange for a set of Nike golf clubs.
If Tiger’s in contention for the Masters and the green jacket as the weekend draws closer, I would expect to see this commercial about umpteen bajillion times (a bajillion = a whole freaking lot).
Perhaps Nike deserves credit for sticking by their golden goose man, but we shouldn’t be surprised their marketing department is capitalizing on Tiger’s mistakes. Granted, the commercial gives an appearance of disapproval and finger-wagging, but again, they want to sell you golf clubs, and whether or not Tiger’s star has been fractured, his presence, especially now, makes for a compelling approach.
I suppose this method is better than having Tiger celebrate his mistakes by pitching golf clubs with a bevy of scantily-clad golf hotties running around in the background. I’m thinking something along the lines of Doria Baird’s spread she did for Maxim from a few years ago.
You know? Something like this:
Then again, maybe I’m wrong. I think the Doria Baird method would’ve been filled with an illegal amount of “____ you, I’m Tiger Woods and you’re not” awesomeness that would’ve knocked the judgmental world of sports fans on its collective asses.
The voicemail version of Tiger’s commercial. Two words: ***king awesome.
All of this is proof that it’s simply Tiger’s world and we’re only living in it, like it or not. It doesn’t matter if his actions disagree with a particular moral setting. The fact that the public even cares this much — about a golfer, mind you — is all the evidence required.
No one cares. Well, except maybe the TMZ addicts, but other than that, no one really cares if you let Tiger Woods run through you, just like those two guys sitting next to you in the lead image are getting ready to do. I’m sorry, is a second-rate video whore really the spokesperson for the ills of cheating on your spouse? The reason I’m posting this is because after Woods’ “Is this really necessary” press conference later today, James is having a follow-up presser to respond.
Tiger Woods confirmed he will be returning the PGA Tour on his website with an announcement saying he would be playing at Augusta when The Masters begins. As he normally does, Woods controlled the message and its delivery by distributing it on TigerWoods.com. Step 2 of said dissemination is merely waiting patiently while word-of-mouth does the work for you.
Granted, with all things Tiger, it’s doubtful the patient wait took much longer than it did for Woods to hit the “enter” key, confirming he did indeed want to publish his post. Here’s part of Woods’ announcement, which was undoubtedly read around the sports world this morning:
Rumors are, he’ll also announce his intentions concerning his golf career.
So yeah, it’s time to welcome back Tiger Woods and the coming tidal wave of news reports, reminding us of what he did, who he did and how various individuals feel about Tiger’s choices.
As if their opinion matters.
Sorry, for me, this is still a personal issue between Tiger and Elin, and if she’s willing to stand by him and accept his apology – although, that’s not quite clear — there’s not much else that needs to be said. Sure, we can use our keyboards to speculate, chastise, and make declarative statements about Woods until our fingers fall off, but that still won’t change the fact that Tiger owes us nothing.
I will say, however, that if he does come back and plays in The Masters, the media wave that follows him will make tomorrow’s look silly.
Angel Cabrera won the elusive green jacket yesterday, beating Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in a sudden death playoff to secure his Masters victory. Yes, Kenny Perry’s faltering on the 17th and 18th holes played a large part in Cabrera’s second major title, but give credit the first Argentine to win Augusta National’s prestigious tournament. Unfortunately for Cabrera, most of the press is focusing on the aforementioned Perry, as well as the Tiger Woods/Phil Mickelson pairing.
Something else is helping steal Cabrera’s post Masters victory thunder as well: boobs. An excited spectator decided he’d share his zeal for PGA golf by grabbing the boob of the woman next to him. Fortunately for the grabber, the woman didn’t take too much offense; otherwise, said boob-grabber might be picking his head up off the ground.
That, my friends, will be what the sports blogosphere remembers most about the 2009 Masters. Angel Cabrera winning is way down on the list, behind folks like Perry, Woods and Mickelson.
Apparently, winning the green jacket only resonates if your first name is “Phil” or “Eldrick.”
Kentucky boy Kenny “Powers” Perry, powered by a five-under 67, is now tied with Chad Campbell atop the Masters leaderboard. Campbell maintained the lead/tie he forged yesterday by shooting a two-under 70. Perry, who in the above video, does a skip-the-ball-trick similar to Vijay Singh’s, birdied holes 1, 2, 12, 15, and 18, while shooting even par on the other 13 holes. Both Campbell and Perry lead the rest of the field by at least three strokes. Apparently, Augusta National is inviting players with no PGA Majors on their resumes into the inner circle. Will either of these two be able to accept? Would a hole in space-time open up if a Kentucky boy won one of Georgia’s go-to events?
As for the other notables, Tiger struggled with birdies followed by bogeys today. As a result, Woods shot a 72, gaining absolutely no ground on the leaders. Jim Furyk, Angel Cabrera, and Todd Hamilton all sit in “second” place at six-under. Cabrera, however, is two-under through 10 and is in a position to gain even more ground on the in-the-clubhouse leaders.
This is setting up for a great weekend of who wants it more. Granted, you can’t count Tiger out yet, but he’s going to have to make a mighty charge on Saturday and Sunday … Or hope the pack falls back to him. Unfortunately, the way Perry and Campbell have been shooting, that might be out of the question.
For those of you expecting a familiar name like Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson sitting atop The Masters leaderboard … SURPRISE!!! Introducing Chad Campbell, who opened yesterday’s round with five straight birdies, on his way to an opening score of 65 and the overall lead going into Day 2. Currently, Campbell is on the course and his start is similar to yesterday blistering front nine. Through five holes, Campbell is two-under, taking him to nine-under for the tournament — which, in turn, gives him a three stroke lead over Jim Furyk, who is in second place.
A quick glance at Campbell’s Wikipedia page reveals he has four tournament wins since turning pro in 1996; although, there are no majors on said list. Nevertheless, Campbell has made a nice living from golf — something his $16.5 million career earnings total indicates quite nicely. Oh, and he has a hot wife as well (see, we cover the important stuff here):
As for Campbell, while he doesn’t have any major titles, he has finished in the top five in both the US Open and The Masters. However, if he continues his torrid play, the “no majors” moniker might very well die on Sunday.